It was known that all four divisions - string band, fancy, fancy brigade and comic - would be represented. No television representative was expected to be present at what was essentially a sit-down to settle family differences.
The Mummers have put a gag order on themselves so as not to upset the delicate 11th-hour talks among themselves.
String-band attorney Robert C. Pfeilsticker would only say, "We're getting together to take stock of where we are."
One well-placed source said that the Mummers had only four more days to agree on a package acceptable to a TV station. After that, the source said, it would be too late for any station to sell advertising or put together a 12- hour live production.
Last year the Mummers received $1 million from the broadcast of the parade. But KYW-TV (Channel 3), whose five-year contract ended last year, said it lost money on the telecast.
This year the station offered a one-year contract that would cover the station's expenses and give the Mummers 90 percent of the remaining revenue
from advertising. The string bands rejected that, 20-2, on Nov. 12.