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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 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
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 21, 1994 | By Jeff Gelles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 30, 2001 | By Leonard N. Fleming INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 15, 2002
I commend the Mummers on another year of spectacular costumes, routines and performances (Inquirer, Jan. 2). Their effort and dedication is a credit to the city and the region. That being said, attending the parade is still a terrible experience. The main problem is the horrible gaps, sometimes with four or five blocks between brigades, bands or clubs. At one point, I counted a 20-minute gap between string bands. Besides the City Hall area, the parade was at its best around Fifth and Sixth Streets and 12th and 13th, where there were constant performances.
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April 29, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
SOMETIMES Catherine Stumm would break off a phone call and say, "I've got to drive the old ladies. " Never mind that the "old ladies" at the Southwest Philadelphia Senior Center were probably 10 to 20 years younger than she was. To Catherine, chronological age meant nothing. It was how you felt, and Catherine was vigorous, fun and rarin' to go well into her 80s. Catherine M. Stumm, who worked part time at the old G.C. Murphy Co. five-and-dime while raising six children then went to work in the payroll department of the former Quartermaster Depot, a loving family matriarch and devoted churchgoer, died Friday.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Any tradition that has lasted 114 years must evolve to survive. And so, the annual Mummers Parade has been put through Darwinian paces. Routes have been tweaked. Hours curtailed. Rules imposed. Crowds have expanded and contracted. Drag queens, who strutted until the 1970s, returned to the frilled fold in 2013 - and oh, dem golden kinky boots. But the 2014 rendition, which rolled and strutted, boogied and high-stepped, clowned and twirled up South Broad Street on Wednesday in a well-hydrated flurry of confetti, sequins, feathers, and face paint, was 100 percent consistent with its century-old roots in the most essential Philadelphia ways.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
BROAD STREET WAS once again transformed into a living, breathing kaleidoscope for nearly seven hours yesterday as the 114th New Year's Day parade unfolded under a clear, cold sky. Thousands of spectators - the city doesn't offer an estimated total - flocked to street corners, stoops and old concession stands to take in the sights, sounds and smells that can only be produced by the Mummers. Here are some of the scenes the Daily News came across throughout the day: John Kovac's 4-year-old son and 5-year-old nephew met a polar bear for the first time.
NEWS
December 30, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Terk Gindville is a Mummer out of step with tradition. And for him, that's just fine. Born on Second Street in the heart of Mummers territory 40 years ago, Gindville was automatically a member of the Bryson Comic Brigade, run by his grandfather Joe Bryson. But when Gindville was around 20, he approached Bryson and uttered the unthinkable. "I want to be a Fancy," he said. Wow , everyone thought. That's a Bloods or Crips, Eagles or Cowboys, Apple or Microsoft kind of dichotomy, isn't it?
NEWS
December 27, 2013 | By CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IF HE were still alive, it's doubtful legendary football coach Vince Lombardi would be a fan of the Pennsport String Band. After all, it was he who was famously credited with saying, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing. " But for those who will be cakewalking up Broad Street Wednesday morning under the Pennsport banner, winning the annual string-band competition, while certainly an aspiration, is far from the unit's mission. Instead, the 7-year-old troupe has other, more important goals, foremost among them offering people the opportunity to be a part of the Mummers Parade without having to devote a huge portion of their lives (and bankrolls)
NEWS
December 22, 2013 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
IN ALL THEIR decorated glory, the Mummers are gearing up for their 114th strut down Broad Street, and this year, they welcome their newest Fancy Brigade in 14 years. "I think, this year, the excitement is really growing," City Councilman Mark Squilla said at a news conference yesterday outlining plans for the 2014 parade. "The city is really getting behind it. This could have such a big economic impact to the city of Philadelphia, so knowing that we have that opportunity, let's capitalize on it. " What sets 2014 apart from past years' parades are the additions of the new Spartan Fancy Brigade, a compilation of more than 60 Mummers who either jumped from other Fancy Brigades or are total newbies.
NEWS
December 22, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Otto may seem a little old to be a pioneer, but on New Year's Day, he'll help make history. Mummers history. He's part of the new Spartan Fancy Brigade, set to become the first fancy brigade to join the parade in more than 20 years. "It's going to be one of the best years I've had," said Otto, who at 64 has been a Mummer for more than a half-century. He and a handful of Spartan members met at the Independence Visitor Center on Friday to help city officials announce details for 2014 of the Mummers Parade, which annually draws thousands of people to the curbs and sidewalks along Broad Street.
NEWS
December 8, 2013
EXPECT NO massive makeovers, but continued family-friendly tinkering, in the 114th Mummers Parade, says parade director Leo Dignam, who oversees the Mummer Monster. One important development, I think, is the surprise inclusion of an African-American marching band from Denver. It will not compete, but it will perform with the (always-triumphant) Murray Comics and lead the Comic Division up Broad Street, Dignam says. For details I call Richie Porco, the captain of Murray, who doesn't want to talk to me, the result of some long-ago statement of mine he felt was insulting, something about Comics being drunks.
NEWS
September 30, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Philadelphia has a new humanity. Not among people. On a blog: "Humans of Philadelphia. " On one level, it's a copycat cousin of the wildly popular "Humans of New York," a series of street portraits in which city dwellers candidly answer probing, personal questions: What was the saddest moment of your life? What one piece of advice would you give to a large group of people? What's your greatest struggle right now? But "Humans of Philadelphia," by amateur photographer Chuck Putnam, offers a different angle.
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