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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
FRALINGER String Band's "Back from the Dead" theme this year had more than one meaning: The band survived near-disaster when a fire tore through its workshop space last month. And after a two-year drought outside the top three, Fralinger is back on top after snagging first prize - the band's first top honor since its eight consecutive first prizes from 2003 to 2010. Fralinger captain Thomas D'Amore, 24, was awarded top honors as captain for the second year running. As for the rest of the results, no surprises or upsets to speak of. The oft-high-scoring Quaker City String Band came in second place, with last year's winner, Woodland, taking third.
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January 3, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
IT TOOK HER 69 years, but Donna Poissant finally made it to a Mummers Parade. "I have been hearing about this parade since I was born," said Poissant, whose grandfather trekked annually from Yonkers, N.Y., to see it. Watching at Broad and Chestnut streets Tuesday morning as the comics strutted past, the Williamsburg, Va., woman couldn't stop her feet from dancing - or her mind from imagining herself in sequins and feathers in the 2014 Mummers...
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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.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
By Jonathan Zimmerman Men dressed as women - at the Mummers Parade! Can you believe it? In November, parade organizers announced that 10 self-described "drag queens" would accompany the String Bands along Broad Street from Washington Avenue to City Hall today. They're also expected to perform at the Convention Center between the acts of the Fancy Brigades. Philadelphians greeted the news with a collective yawn, because cross-dressing has long been a staple of Mummery. Starting in the 1920s, feminine-attired "wenches" paraded down Broad Street paired with tuxedo-clad "dudes.
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December 29, 2012 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In much of the country, women have a hard time getting their blue-collar boyfriends onto the dance floor in a club or even at a wedding. In Philadelphia, however, the guys not only dance willingly, they do so in feathers and sequins. Readying for their New Year's spotlight, Mummers on Thursday were busy building sets and floats at the Convention Center. Most Mummers will strut in the famous parade that starts at 9:45 a.m. New Year's Day at Broad Street and Washington Avenue.
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December 28, 2012 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
Forget watching college football bowl games on TV and nursing hangovers. If you're a Philadelphian, one New Year's Day activity trumps all others. We speak, of course, of the Mummers Parade, the now-112-year-old orgy of banjos, glockenspiels, feathers and sequins that as much as anything we hold dear, symbolizes our sweetly eccentric corner of the universe. But for something that virtually defines the word "tradition," the Mummers Parade is a surprisingly evolving entity, which is likely why the relic of the horse-and-buggy era has survived into the time of Instagram and "Gangnam Style.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
Here's the order of march for the 2013 Mummers String Bands. The first band steps off at Broad and Ritner at 10:30 a.m. (Number in parentheses indicates a band's 2012 prize ranking.) Greater Overbrook (15) Captain Bill Razzano Theme: Headin' For The Hills High in the Smoky Mountains, a shotgun wedding is about to take place. The groom to be is Captain Bill Razzano, the hillbilly clan leader. Plenty of homemade moonshine is served at this ceremony, accompanied by dueling banjos and mountain music.
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