For gender illusionist aficionados, this year’s Mummers Parade just got to be a lot less of a drag. The centuries-long Philadelphia tradition, in which local clubs create elaborate costumes and sets and parade through town, will include professional drag queens for the first time in the event’s history.
The Mummers are no strangers to dressing in women’s clothes — it’s been a customary part of the parade since the 1800s. However, this is the first time that nightclub performers will be involved. This New Year’s Day, ten queens will introduce the “Fancy Brigade” division at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Finally, drag is de rigueur in Philly — if only for one day. It’s sure to be a fun, fierce and glamorous occasion. Mum’s the word!
Watch one excited queen explain above.