June 4, 2010
A tip of a feathered Mummers cap to cable magnate and philanthropist extraordinaire H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, who put up a half-million dollars this week to support festivals and parades in the region. Lenfest's generous donation is sizable seed money for a newly created nonprofit, the Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund, that will help the Mummers and other groups defray police, cleanup, and other costs. Organizers expect to up Lenfest's ante by seeking support from businesses. The nonprofit comes in response to budget problems that forced Mayor Nutter to begin charging festival and parade organizers for their events.
April 1, 1991 |
If there's a parade, this time Mark Randall and Mike Maddox plan to be in the lead car, enjoying the ride around Lawrence just as they'd enjoyed the ride to the top. Randall, a 6-foot-9 center, and Maddox, a 6-7 forward, are two Kansas seniors who are looking at tonight's championship game with a special perspective: They've already been part of one national championship team, but neither yet can quite figure out what part. When the unheralded Jayhawks won the 1988 championship, shocking a loaded Oklahoma squad that featured Mookie Blaylock and Stacey King, both solid NBA players now, Maddox played less than a minute in the championship game and recorded one foul.
December 30, 1992 |
The Rodney Dangerfields of Mummery say that cutting time off their comic performances in the New Year's parade is no laughing matter. Murray Comic Club President Rich Porco says he'll cooperate fully with Mayor Rendell's challenge to speed the parade, but he's tired of Comics getting blamed for delays and rowdiness. "We're stacking people more tightly. We're discouraging conversations with sidewalk fans. We're urging immediate reaction to signals by starters and officers to keep the parade moving," Porco said Monday night as he issued marching orders for his Comic army of 1,900 clowns, wenches and characters.
March 1, 1990 |
Since before Penelope wove and unwove her tapestry while Odysseus was away at the Trojan War, women have been waiting for wars to end and soldiers to return. Waiting for the Parade, the play that opened last night as part of the Walnut Street Theater's studio series, is about women manning, so to speak, the home front during the most recent war - and we aren't talking about Vietnam or Korea. This play is by Canadian playwright John Murrell, and Canada's last war was World War II. Waiting for the Parade traces the lives of five women in Calgary from 1939 to 1945.
November 30, 2012 |
Santa and Mrs. Claus come to the annual Peddler's Village Christmas Festival this weekend. The two-day festival will feature a parade, music performances, and activities. A highlight will be a Saturday parade featuring performances by Central Bucks East Marching Band, which will lead the procession; the Season's Greetings Eagles Pep Band; Victorian carolers the Spiced Punch Singers, and more. Santa and the Mrs. will arrive at 1:30 p.m. in a horse-drawn carriage to get the parade started.
December 28, 2010 |
"IT NEEDS a bigger horn and more eye makeup," Tip Flannery said, eyeing a 5-foot-tall pink My Little Pony on wheels. Flannery is the captain of the Vaudevillains NYB, a 4-year-old Comics Brigade that is headquartered out of the art collective Space 1026. The pony's name is Seymour. And, he will be ridden by the spirit of William Penn. Naturally. The Vaudevillains' theme this year is the Philly Phantasy Phorest and, along with Billy Penn and Seymour, their motley crew will include trees made of purple dip-dyed stretch velvet with neon-yellow leaves and a menagerie of real and imaginary animals.
November 6, 1995 |
Veterans Day may not be here officially till Saturday, but West Chester began celebrating it with a parade yesterday. It was sponsored by the West Chester Veterans Council, representing various veterans' groups in the area.
September 22, 1994 |
A soupcon of unionism was the new ingredient Saturday in Kennett Square's annual mushroom parade. Farm workers marched as a group in the parade for the first time, though they were not permitted to carry pro-union signs. They did carry a banner portraying Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata, and chanted union slogans in Spanish. The usual marching bands, beauty queens, and fire and emergency units also joined the parade, which attracted several thousand onlookers.
May 9, 1991 |
About 20 servicemen and servicewomen from the area who were in the Persian Gulf war were honored Saturday with a parade in Kennett Square. The troops were saluted by the crowd as they rode by in antique and classic cars. The parade also featured floats and marching bands from local schools, firetrucks and the Big Foot monster truck.
May 29, 1988 |
At a parade that marked the 150th anniversary of the Fame Fire Company in West Chester, Harry Perdue stood by an old hand-drawn hose cart. Perdue, 89, was one of 10 firefighters who pulled the 1884 Silsby hose carriage in the parade on May 21. The fire company has 700 dues-paying members, so the 10 firemen chosen to pull the carriage were those who had grown the longest beards this year. The company was created on Feb. 22, 1838.