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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.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
  For the Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2013 was the best of times and, for some, sleepy, confusing times. The weather for Sunday's parade was about as good as it gets. But spectators lost an hour of sleep overnight to the start of daylight saving time. Others were baffled as to why the parade was held a full week before St. Patrick's Day. The parade - which dates to 1771 - is typically held on the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day. But when the holiday falls on a Sunday, organizers can choose whether to have it on March 17 or March 10. Not caught off guard were Derek Fizur and Carly Gibson of Deptford.
NEWS
January 24, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sylvia M. Karet, a high school librarian regarded as "outspoken and ahead of her time" by family and friends, died Sunday, Jan. 20, six months shy of her 100th birthday, at Wyndmoor Hills Health Care & Rehab Center. The cause of death was congestive heart failure after a fall last year in which she fractured a femur, her family said. The former Sylvia Mandel had social standing as her family's matriarch. But she was best known for taking a professional job long before women routinely did so, her family said.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Clark DeLeon
This is my summation on the State of the Mummers Parade 2013: "More fans on the sidewalks. Friendlier cops. Fewer drunks. Less hostility. More kids under the age of 5 marching with dad. More moms in street clothes pushing baby carriages side by side up Broad Street in the middle of the comic brigades. And I saw my first black wench. "Until next year. " I love viewing the Mummers Parade through the eyes of first-time spectators. That look of confused awe, delight, and wonder is priceless.
NEWS
January 8, 2013
IN A STUNNING reversal of form, the Froggy Carr Wench Brigade is apologetic. The perennial naughty boys (and girls) of Mummery are sometimes blamed for delaying the Mummers Parade, and they are often guilty. Their usual response is a shrug, or maybe an upraised finger. (Guess which finger.) It's different this year. Last week, city Parade Director Leo Dignam told me that this year's fast parade might have been 20 minutes shorter had Froggy Carr not spent as much time in front of the TV cameras as it takes for a picnic.
NEWS
January 4, 2013
Some Mummers offensive I attended the Mummers Parade, as I do every year, looking for something new from the very talented String Bands Division. Hegeman's "Just Imagine," a tribute to the Beatles and London (they finished sixth), was a beautiful presentation, and by Mummers standards, pretty modern. By contrast, Ferko's "Bring Back Those Minstrel Days" theme (they finished fifth) was downright creepy. The backs of some of their costumes had black-faced caricatures in white clown makeup.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
You'd think it was Santa Claus and his elves standing at Broad Street and Washington Avenue and not Misses P., a.k.a. Nathan Walk, and other members of the Drag Brigade. Everyone wanted a photo with the 10 ladies - a mother who eagerly foisted her toddler into Misses P.'s arms; two police officers; and multiple Mummers with painted faces. "I'm really having a great time," beamed Stella D'oro, Tim Johnson's alter ego, who was dressed as a Pan Am stewardess. In the world of Mummery, this was history.
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