January 12, 1995
YO, LIBERALS! GET USED TO IT Liberals, get used to the reality that you lost the election. Why? Because the Democratic Party that once was for all working men is now for those who don't work. Of the Democrats' 42 years of control, the last 30 were by liberals who have created a generation of dependency on government, social programs that encourage people not to work, programs that encourage 12-year-olds to have babies knowing the government will keep them. The taxpayers are fed up with programs that don't work, like welfare and the school loan program (25 percent never paid back, so the taxpayers have to pick up the bill)
December 17, 2008 |
The city and the Mummers Association will resume talks today on the impact of Mayor Nutter's budget cuts on the traditional New Year's Day parade, after meeting last evening for about 90 minutes. "We're making progress but we ran out of time," said Doug Oliver, Nutter's press secretary. But Mummers Association spokesman George Badey said his organization was disappointed with the city's response. He said that the city was asking the Mummers Association to help pay for costs associated with the parade, but that so far officials have failed to provide a detailed breakdown of what those costs are. "We don't want to be charged for things that aren't related to the parade," Badey said.
December 15, 2008 |
Philadelphia's raucous Mummers Parade appears set to make its annual trek up Broad Street come New Year's Day, but the party will likely run short. Doug Oliver, press secretary for Mayor Nutter, made that prediction yesterday after he met with Mummers leaders to negotiate the impact of the city's budget cuts on the parade. The parade should follow its normal route but probably will be cut back by about 90 minutes, he said yesterday. The bacchanal usually lasts for eight hours, officially.
March 11, 2015 |
THE MUMMERS Parade broke with tradition and marched the "wrong way" on Broad Street on New Year's Day. The (remaining) fans seemed to like it. The crowds were somewhat larger in Center City (which is what happens when you contract the parade route). As a veteran parade watcher and reviewer, I liked it, even knowing the reversal of direction was born out of necessity. Doing everything the "old" way was turning into a funeral procession for this Philadelphia tradition, one that should be embraced.
December 31, 2003 |
More than a century after its birth, Philadelphia's annual Mummers Parade is adapting to a new era. And unlike the old days, when fans watched the parade for hours in frigid New Year's weather, Mummers leaders and city officials said tomorrow's parade is expected to be sunny and speedy - tailor-made for the age of global warming and short attention spans. Of course, they would have a hard time taking credit for weather forecasts that predict bright skies and temperatures in the upper 40s. But according to Philadelphia Managing Director Philip Goldsmith, his office has worked with the Mummers to make this parade significantly shorter than the dragging, gap-filled events that he said had turned off fans in recent years.
December 9, 2003 |
It wasn't quite two minutes to midnight, but it was pretty close. With just over three weeks left before New Year's Day, a television station has finally agreed to show the Mummers Parade. Under an agreement that was awaiting signatures last night, WPHL-TV (Channel 17) will televise the annual parade live from Broad Street. Long a staple of local television each Jan. 1, the parade had been in danger of being knocked off the air this year. "Once I get some signatures, we'll be all set," WPHL general manager Vincent R. Giannini said.
January 5, 1986 |
When cops have to move among a crowd of parade watchers and firmly, but with grave courtesy, take beer cans and beer bottles out of the hands of young men and young women, something is haywire. That is what Philadelphia's finest were doing Wednesday as the Mummers strutted up South Broad Street, but don't get me wrong. I'm not criticizing the cops who had to do that, or the brass that ordered them to do so. I just think cops shouldn't have to play nursemaid to a lot of young people.
December 23, 1993 |
What are you doing New Year's Day? If you're a Philadelphian, it's likely you'll be doing one of two things: going to the Mummers Parade or watching at least some of it on TV. Most of us prefer to stay home to view. KYW-TV (Channel 3) estimates that more than a million people in nearly 362,000 households did just that last year. (By comparison, 100,000 spectators shivered on windy Broad Street as 20,000 Mummers blew by.) Having guests over during the parade is as much of a tradition as the spectacle itself.
July 21, 1994 |
It could be a one-year detour, or the shape of things to come. Either way, it's a controversial break in tradition. Come New Year's Day, the Mummers won't be marching up South Broad Street. Instead, they'll be parading on Market Street, from Second Street to City Hall. That's the word from Mayor Rendell, who sent letters last week to groups representing the 20,000 to 25,000 Mummers who join in the annual event. The official reason: South Broad Street, soon to become the "Avenue of the Arts," will be in the midst of a $15 million rebuilding project, due to start this September.
December 30, 2001 |
For the last 20 years, cold wind and all, Matt Glovacz was always ready to strut up Broad or Market in stunning Mummers finery. The gaudier the costumes, the better the show. But with the Sept. 11 attacks and war on terrorism, Glovacz, captain of the Golden Sunrise Club, said this year's opening act had to be strictly red, white and blue. "This country has to stay united," said Glovacz, 37, of Port Richmond. And so does the parade. From the doling out of Old Glory along the Market Street parade route to dedications to firefighters and the military, patriotism will be strongly represented throughout Philadelphia's 101st New Year's Day revelry.