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.
October 13, 1997 |
From his perch inside the chauffeured golf cart, Cavalier Severino "Sevy" Verna Jr. scowled. The crowd at Broad and Snyder was a bit thinner than he'd like, but what do you expect at 12:30 p.m. on a Sunday? "It's gravy time. They're still stirring the macaroni," he explained, a 67-year-old Italian American with a hungry belly of his own. "They wouldn't care if Christopher Columbus himself came marching down the street. It's time to eat. " By 1 p.m., as Verna predicted, a healthy horde was waiting, balloons and silly string in hand, at Marconi Plaza at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, the center of attractions for the annual Columbus Day parade.
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 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.
August 1, 2008 |
At first, the crowds on Market Street for Philly's big show yesterday afternoon were scarce, but soon enough office workers, tourists, and folks waiting for the bus began to crowd around. Was this a parade? For a championship sports team? In Philadelphia? It was. And so as the Philadelphia Soul, the newly crowned champs of the Arena Football League, paraded from Independence Hall to City Hall, several thousand wound up gathering to hoist their cell-phone cameras in the air and cheer.
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.
April 20, 1990 |
The event will feature equestrians from throughout the area competing for ribbons in a pre-parade competition, followed by the parade itself, in which the riders will be joined by other riders in costumes as well as horse-drawn carriages. The parade will begin at Germantown and Northwestern Avenues at 11:30 a.m. and will proceed down Forbidden Drive past the Valley Green Inn. Starting at 11:30 in front of the inn, clowns will entertain and there'll be live animals to pet. Buy refreshments there or bring a picnic lunch.
June 2, 2010
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.) on Wednesday is set to announce a "preliminary round of funding" for his Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund, a nonprofit he helped create that will give money to the Mummers and other groups to pay for costs imposed by the city. His fund-raising efforts were driven by a Nutter administration policy of charging parade and festival organizers for expenses. - Miriam Hill