New Year’s Day is always a big deal in Philadelphia and 2012 was no different.
Fans flocked to Lincoln Financial Field to watch the Philadelphia Eagles close out a disappointing season. After signing many big-time free agents over the summer, the Eagles were expected to make a deep run into the playoffs.
QB Michael Vick led the team to a win over the Washington Redskins. Despite missing the playoffs, the team finished on a winning streak to close out the year with an 8-8 record.
Coach Andy Reid will return next season but it has yet to be seen if he will make changes to his coaching staff. Also up in the air is the future of star WR DeSean Jackson who made much news during the season (and pre-season) for seeking a big contract from the club.
Across the street at Citizen’s Bank Park, final preparations were being made for the Winter Classic game between the Flyers and New York Rangers.
When the game ended, many fans headed to Broad Street to catch the Mummer’s Parade that was already in full swing. As it is every year, Broad Street was mobbed by Philadelphians and visitors from far and wide who turned out to witness the unique spectacle.
From the fancy brigades, to the wenches, comics to the string-bands, there is no shortage of sights and sounds to take in. In addition to the Mummer’s performances, the parade turns into a party with great people watching and much imbibing.
When the sun begins to set, the party moves to 2 street (2nd street south of Washington) where many of the Mummer’s have their club-houses. The party on 2-street rages well into the wee morning hours.
Independent Philly would like to wish all of our fans, readers, and visitors, a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous 2012. We have many exciting things in store for the new year and hope you’ll join us for what promises to be an exciting ride!