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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 its Darwinian paces. Routes have been tweaked. Hours curtailed. Rules imposed. Crowds expanded and contracted. Drag queens, who strutted until the 1970s returned to the frilled fold in 2013 - and o 'dem golden kinky boots. But the 2014 rendition, which rolled and strutted, boogied and high-stepped, clowned and twirled up Broad Street 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 Philadelphian ways.
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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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