Cradle of US history, the "City of Brotherly Love" of William Penn symbolises the early steps of the young American nation. Men and women fleeing religious persecution, immigrants and industrialists shaped the town, not forgetting the incomparable creative genius of Benjamin Franklin. Even if the skyscrapers have altered its appearance somewhat, this great metropolis replete with culture and history remains a city with a European atmosphere and tourist-friendly destination.
Sure, other American cities have New Year’s festivities and parades, but only Philadelphia has Mummers. An institution whose European roots are centuries old, the Mummers Parade has been sponsored by the city since 1901.