Philly police say they are ready for Mummers Parade crowds

Kristen Johanson
December 31, 2018 - 3:30 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Last year’s below-freezing temperatures kept crowds at bay for the New Year's Day parade, but this year, Philadelphia police expect to see many more turn out to see the mummers strut down Broad Street. 

Philadelphia police officers will be patrolling the crowd, both in uniform and some in causal clothes to blend in with the parade-goers, said Deputy Commissioner Dennis Wilson.  

"The saying 'see something, say something' is so important. If you see something that don’t look right or you see something suspicious  an unattended package, a backpack or anything  grab the closest uniformed officer and let us know," Wilson said.  

City officials are not new to the large events, such as last year’s Eagles parade or the pope's visit, but Wilson said they convene after each event and learn and improve on what they can do better.  

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"As a city we always meet about this, we always do a critique. We sit down after every event and go over what we could do better and then we bring that up again before the event occurs the following year," he said.  

Wilson also urges people not to set off fireworks or shoot guns in the air.  

"If you shoot a gun straight up in the air, it’s going to come down and there’s a possibility that you injure or kill someone with that bullet," he said.