January 13, 2015 |
WHILE SOME thought that having DJs along the Broad Street Mummers Parade route on New Year's Day to be sacrilegious and the equivalent of putting Swiss on a cheesesteak, or sitting in Jerry Jones' luxury box during a Cowboys vs. Eagles game, most would agree that the parade lulls and backups were up there with the Watch Paint Dry Olympics. I volunteered to be the disc jockey at the City Hall grandstands,hoping to spin some tunes and get the crowd in a good mood before and during the parade.
January 2, 2015 |
THE NEW YEAR'S Day parade played out like a holiday dinner with family - some nice, heartwarming moments mixed with some unbelievable, cringe-worthy ones. For months, the focus had been on the debut of a new route that called for the 115th annual parade to start where it normally ended - City Hall - and finish at Washington Avenue, cutting out the Mummers' traditional South Philly stomping grounds. Many performers were on board with the shorter route, noting that the parade needed to evolve in order to survive.
December 31, 2014 |
SINCE THE Vietnam War era, the Woodland String Band has honored members who are away on military duty by reserving a Mummers suit and a place in the New Year's Day parade for them. So, when Ed Farrell III returned in July from his third tour of duty in the Middle East, he was a little rusty on his saxophone but he knew that his Mummers suit would be waiting. Between his duties as a 15-year veteran of the Cheltenham Township Police Department and his deployment in the Air National Guard, Farrell didn't attend enough of the 88 Woodland String Band rehearsals and 41 performances this year to accumulate enough points for the suit.
December 31, 2014 |
CONSIDERING the supersonic pace of change in today's world, it's comforting that some local traditions endure, especially those indigenous to this time of year. The holiday light show at Macy's in Center City. The Penn's Landing fireworks at 6 p.m. and midnight on New Year's Eve. And, of course, the Mummers march up Broad Street. Well, at least we still have Macy's and the fireworks. But for 2015, our signature New Year's Day extravaganza is moving in a new direction. After more than a century heading north on Broad Street - with but five years of exceptions - the annual cakewalk has changed course.
November 29, 2014 |
Clad in roller skates, knee pads, and a helmet, Maggie Garrity also had a winter coat on under her blue T-shirt. In other words, the 7-year-old Roxborough resident was ready to march - or skate, rather - in her first Thanksgiving Day parade. By 9 a.m., she summed up the experience as "good - except they won't let us go!" she shouted over the strains of the 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia as she waited for her turn to begin the 1.4-mile route. "We've been waiting for, like, an hour.
November 28, 2014 |
AT 4 A.M. yesterday, security guards arrived at the bleachers in front of the Art Museum. By 6 a.m., spectators with tickets to the 95th annual 6ABC/Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade started to fill those seats. By 7, Mike Avello - the "No. 1 Rocky lookalike in the world," he says - posted himself 100 feet from the original's statue and high-fived fans. The less-than-2-mile parade route gave onlookers plenty: performances by singer Lance Bass, "American Idol" winner Candice Glover, and fresh-faced Radio Disney and Disney Channel stars, person-pulled giant balloons (an injury to My Little Pony made her a last-minute scratch)
November 21, 2014 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - One veteran of many Republican Governors Association meetings called it "the peacock parade. " Heads turned as at least a half-dozen governors considered potential 2016 presidential candidates swept with their entourages through the colonnaded walks and polished palazzos of a luxury oceanside resort here Wednesday - including, of course, the outgoing chairman of the association, Gov. Christie. "You can see them all profiling," said Charles Breslin, a Philadelphia business consultant who has advised governors and their staffs on health-care issues and is attending the conference.
October 21, 2014 |
Seated at the defense table in U.S. Immigration Court in Philadelphia, the 10-year-old looked down at his feet, which barely reached the floor. Coal-eyed, he resembled a Latino Dennis the Menace, with a "fauxhawk" instead of a cowlick and clad in a shirt that read: Last name: Maker. First name: Trouble. Having entered the U.S. illegally eight months ago, the boy, Carlos, was arrested on the Texas border, given a notice to appear in court to face deportation, and sent to live with his mother in Kensington while his case plays out. As with other juveniles in this article, The Inquirer agreed to use only his first name.
September 3, 2014 |
A slight drizzle began falling, but the teenagers filling up two flatbed trucks in the Acme parking lot didn't appear bothered. This parade assembling in the lot in Newtown Square, Delaware County, was for them. "Everybody look over, there's Mrs. Mathes," a coach told the Broomall Newtown Babe Ruth baseball players on the two trucks. Suzanne Mathes, up on the sidewalk, focused her camera on both trucks. She had grandsons on each, and each were national champs. Sunday's parade was to honor the 15-year-old and 13-year-old teams from Broomall Newtown Babe Ruth.
September 3, 2014 |
The T-shirted battalions of union members showed up, as usual, for the annual Labor Day parade along the Delaware River waterfront. Right on cue, the politicians were there, as well, courting union support for the upcoming election cycle, just as they always do. But something was missing from Monday's Labor Day activities. Rain. Driving, pavement-lashing buckets of it. "The Big Guy whispered in my ear that we'd be dry until 5 p.m.," the city's top labor leader, Patrick J. Eiding, told an appreciative crowd of hundreds gathered for a pre-parade rally at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 union hall on South Columbus Boulevard.