Philly.com confirmed a report that I wrote about a couple months ago. The 2016 Mummers Parade will have a new division called the Philadelphia Division and the San Mateo Carnavalero will be marching in the parade.
The Mummers Parade, a long-running and extravagant Philadelphia New Year’s celebration that has faced criticism for its lack of diversity and occasional racial insensitivity, will welcome performances by ethnic groups for the first time this year, organizers said.
The change will help ensure the 115-year-old tradition – often called the city’s version of Mardi Gras – continues and thrives, Mummers spokesman George Badey said.
Among the new participants is the San Mateo Carnavalero, a Mexican heritage organization.