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    The Mummers Parade is one of the oldest folk festivals in the country, celebrating the New Year with thousands of elaborately costumed and masked players, or mummers, who are then judged at the end of their grand parade. Mummery is an ancient tradition, dating back to the Romans and Egyptians, and still today is practiced with music, entertainment, and fanciful dress.

    Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the home of several major visual and musical arts organizations within the city: Philadelphia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Phildanco, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Philadelphia Ballet, Philly Pops, Opera Philadelphia, and the American Theatre Arts for Youth.

    Other arts organizations include the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and the Walnut Street Theatre, one of the oldest continuously operating theatres in the country.

    Philadelphia is proud to boast that it has the most murals and public art and sculpture of any city in the United States. Programs exist for promoting public art and murals for the benefit of the community and artists alike. Not only does this draw tourists and local visitors alike, but the culture of food in Philly is also pretty well-known. Famous Philly cheesesteaks, hoagies (or sandwiches), and soft pretzels were born here and, therefore, are considered the best around.

    The Philadelphia Flower Show is the country's biggest and longest-running indoor event celebrating gardens, flowers, and horticulture of the highest caliber and visual appeal. Every year, since the very first in 1829, the show follows a different theme.

    The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival celebrates everything mushroom, from its health benefits to its origins right here in Kennett Square, Southern Chester County, also known as the "mushroom capital of the world". In fact, this county produces two thirds of the country's mushrooms! The family can enjoy hundreds of vendors, entertainment, games, kids' activities, and agricultural exhibits at this two-day event.

    The Revolutionary Germantown Festival is a day-long event leading up to a reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only battle ever fought in Philadelphia during the American Revolution. The day features costumed soldiers, live pipe band music, food and beer garden, and Cliveden House tours, the site of a city rescue attempt by George Washington in 1777 against the British.