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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)
NEWS
December 28, 2015
Starts: 9 a.m. on Jan. 1. Route: Begins at City Hall with judging at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard, then continues south on Broad Street to its end point at Washington Avenue. Order of march: Philadelphia Division, followed by Fancies, Wenches, Comics, and String Bands. Also: The Fancy Brigades will each join the parade after finishing its noon performance at the Convention Center.
NEWS
December 17, 2008 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 15, 2008 | By Craig R. McCoy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 11, 2015 | STU BYKOFSKY, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
January 6, 2016
ISSUE | MUMMERS PARADE Despicable displays I am a native of Philadelphia now living in Brooklyn, and last weekend my boyfriend and I joined friends to celebrate the new year at Two Street, the terminus of the Mummers Parade. What I witnessed along the parade route was nothing short of blatant racism, transphobia, and homophobia ("Brigade punishes Mummer over slur," Sunday). There were white men, young and old, holding placards that mocked Caitlyn Jenner's recent transition.
NEWS
December 31, 2003 | By Michael Currie Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 9, 2003 | By Michael Currie Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 5, 1986 | By Edwin Guthman, Editor of The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 23, 1993 | by Maria Gallagher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 22, 2016 | By Tricia Nadolny, Staff Writer
As he made his way to the start of the Manayunk parade route Saturday morning - weaving among plumes of feathers, floats, and Mummers tuning their instruments - Tom Loomis could hardly make it two feet without being stopped to shake a hand or give a hug. "It's going to be a great day!" an event organizer in a golf cart yelled at him as she came to a brief stop. "It's going to be a beautiful day," Loomis, president of the Philadelphia String Band Association, said before she sped off. By all accounts, it was. The event, a Mardi Gras celebration with performances from all 17 of the city's string bands, drew an estimated 12,000 to 14,000 people, according to organizers.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Robert Brady has announced a nonprofit's $8,000 donation to the Manayunk Mummers parade, helping the event to go forward Saturday after donations and sponsorships lagged. Event organizers suspected their fund-raising efforts were hurt by the controversy surrounding the Mummers Parade on New Year's Day, when put-downs of African Americans, Mexicans, gays, and transgender people sparked international headlines. "I feel like the weight has lifted," said Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corp.
NEWS
February 1, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
Donations and sponsorships have slumped for next month's small, family-friendly Mummers Parade in Manayunk, and organizers fear they know why: The caricatures and put-downs of African Americans, Mexicans, gays, and transsexuals that marred the big New Year's Day parade on Broad Street. "The people we're reaching out to are not saying yes," said Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corp. "They're saying no in the most polite way. " The second-year parade expected a boost in corporate interest, having proved itself, but has been unable to land a lead sponsor, Lipton and others said.
NEWS
January 15, 2016
AS A MUMMER for going on 60 years, I would like to respond to some of the recent criticism of our parade. I am well aware that, in the last 20 or so years, it has become advantageous to be politically correct. One of the great things about the Mummers comic division has always been our irreverence to social acceptability, but now because of the liberal influence in our country, everyone seems to be offended by something. Now some fool suggests that Mummers need sensitivity training.
NEWS
January 12, 2016 | By Chris Hepp, Staff Writer
Week One as Philadelphia's mayor was just winding down, and Jim Kenney acknowledged it had been more taxing than he might have hoped. "I'm a little drained," Kenney said as he sat in his still sparsely decorated mayoral office Sunday afternoon in City Hall. "I'm a little emotionally drained. I cried more this week - both tears of joys and tears of sadness - than I have in a while. " The first seven days of the Kenney administration were a bit of a roller coaster ride, starting last Monday with an upbeat inauguration complete with celebratory parties, followed quickly by a national flap over accusations of racial and transgender insensitivity by Mummers Parade participants and finally by Thursday's wounding of a Philadelphia police officer by a self-professed Islamic fanatic.
NEWS
January 11, 2016
Preserve free speech Our new mayor believes "satire is something that's funny, not hurtful" ("Lawyer: City can't censor Mummers," Thursday). Mayor Kenney, satire is meant to puncture balloons, not inflate them. Satire is a form of free speech. As such, the First Amendment protects satire. Free speech can be hurtful, harmful, raucous, ill-mannered, uninformed, brash, insulting, argumentative, nasty, gross, abusive, offensive, rude, and in poor taste. Individuals are free to object to offensive free speech, but we are not free to stamp out speech merely because we find it uncomfortable.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Mummers in sombreros and brownface, some dressed as tacos. "Wench Lives Matter" signs. Caitlyn Jenner's face superimposed on a box of "Froot Loops. " Call these displays from the most recent Mummers Parade offensive, in poor taste, or unacceptable, as many have since New Year's Day. But don't expect the city to censor any of next year's acts, a top civil rights lawyer says, because that would be illegal. Even though tax dollars help support the South Broad Street spectacle, it is a private parade, and the city would violate the Mummers' freedom of speech if it vetted or vetoed any planned act, said Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
AS FIRST WEEKS GO, Mayor Kenney's has been solid. Oh, I know people have criticized him for playing small ball. And maybe I'm just riding some kind of postholiday optimism high - don't worry, it'll pass. But Kenney's first few moves would only strike me as small if I considered things such as diversity and equality and inclusion and tolerance to be inconsequential. In one of his first acts as mayor, Kenney told entitled local pols who parked at City Hall's doorstep to get to steppin' and find a real parking spot - a necessary reminder that they're no more special than the citizens who voted them into office.
NEWS
January 6, 2016
ISSUE | MUMMERS PARADE Despicable displays I am a native of Philadelphia now living in Brooklyn, and last weekend my boyfriend and I joined friends to celebrate the new year at Two Street, the terminus of the Mummers Parade. What I witnessed along the parade route was nothing short of blatant racism, transphobia, and homophobia ("Brigade punishes Mummer over slur," Sunday). There were white men, young and old, holding placards that mocked Caitlyn Jenner's recent transition.
NEWS
January 4, 2016 | By Rob Tornoe, Staff Writer
A Mummers brigade that itself stirred criticism for a New Year's Day act that made fun of transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner apologized Saturday for one of its members, who was caught on video yelling a profane slur about homosexuals. "I find myself, as do many many members of Finnegan NYB, wholeheartedly apologizing for the abrasive, gross, and disturbing action of one of our members who, unfortunately, took it upon himself to embarrass us all with his conduct," Finnegan NYB captain Michael J. Inemer Sr. told Philly.com in an email.
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