"We want to keep the tradition going," said grandfather Joe Jr.
From well before the parade's 10 a.m. start at Broad Street and Washington Avenue, marchers and their relatives filled "Two Street," aka 2nd Street, in South Philadelphia, where many of the Mummer's clubs are located.
It was a day of tradition, but also many firsts
Danielle Reh, 38, a Connecticut native who lives in Queen Village and works in the foster care area, was also marching for the first time with the Froggy Carr brigade. The first time she saw the parade 12 years ago with her co-worker and Mummer veteran Brenna Wallace, Reh, like many, was befuddled.
"She said, 'I don't understand. There are all these macho, macho men and they're dressed up as girls. It doesn't make sense," Wallace recalled.
Now, Reh is marching with them as a woman dressed up as a man dressed up as a woman...or something like that.
"I love weird," Reh enthused.
Wallace was joined by her father, Elwood, also a member of the Froggy Carr wench brigade. Women were admitted into the clubs about 20 years ago, she said, and she has been marching for five years. "He doesn't have a son, so here I am," Brenna Wallace said.
Brendan Pooler, 13, of South Philadelphia, was also marking a milestone, suiting up with the Fralinger String Band for the first time. His older brother, Ken Pooler Jr., 24, also is a member and will march with a 25-pound bass.
Ken said this year's parade for the club has more meaning than others. Less than a month ago, a fire ripped through a building where the club was storing its props. The 150-member club was able to salvage most of the pieces. This year's them is aptly named "Back from the Dead."
"We're lucky because it could have been so much worse," Ken said. "We're here and we're going to have fun today."
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