PHILADELPHIA — The annual Mummers Parade will be held New Year’s Day despite the drawn-out deep freeze that is continuing across Pennsylvania.

Organizers announced their decision Saturday.

The parade in Philadelphia features thousands of performers dressed in colorful costumes adorned with sequins and feathers marching down the city’s main north-south thoroughfare.

Temperatures are only expected to be in the high teens on Monday, along with single-digit wind chills. Concerns had been raised that the bone-chilling temperatures could be dangerous for parade participants and some instruments used by string bands that march in the parade.

Officials say heating tents and warm buses will be set up along the route for the Mummers.

The parade has been canceled or postponed in the past due to rain or snow, most recently in 2003.

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