Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Bridge has become the "world's only musical bridge." A computerized lighting system,keyed to live choral music, will be inaugurated on New Year's Eve in a free 45-minute celebration on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.
The program,beginning at 11:30 p.m., will launches "Neighbors in the New Year," the city's yearlong program to commemoration of the Columbus Quincentenary. Seasonal music will be performed by a formed of community choirs, and at there will be a fireworks display over Delaware River and a pyrotechnic "waterfall" from jets along the bottom of the bridge.
At 7:45 a.m. the next morning, 30,000 Mummers in feathers, sequins and banlges will stage their traditional New Year's Day parade, beginning at 1800 S. Broad St. and continuing for 12 hours. Tickets for bleacher seating near City Hall, at $5 to $7, are on sale at the Philadelphia Visitors Center while they last. Call (215) 636-1666.