March 3, 2014 |
Anyone who's been to Philadelphia's Mummer's Parade would feel at home watching the Mardi Gras parades in Binche, a French-speaking town of 10,000 in southern Belgium. The Two Street crowd would recognize the men, teens, and children in colorful costumes; the ostrich plumes sprouting from heads; the brass, woodwind, and drum bands playing a nonstop stream of traditional, upbeat tunes that compel shuffles, shimmies, and struts. They'd recognize the lively crowd, fueled by high spirits and beer, lining the parade route, and, most Mummerly of all, the century-plus history that links today's paraders with generations past.
January 3, 2014
OMG! THEY didn't ! In yesterday's 114th edition of the New Year's/Mummers Parade, Uptown String Band used the theme "The Pillage People," which showed ferocious Vikings in horned helmets, swords and shields. The message was unmistakable: Norsemen were, basically, war criminals. What a despicable insult to Nordic peoples. What a crushing blow to their ethnic pride. Just poking a little fun at those who scour the parade for any unintended or (more likely) imagined insult.
December 22, 2013 |
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.
December 22, 2013 |
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.
October 17, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Guarding stunning women didn't come cheap for this struggling resort. Making sure the 53 Miss America contestants were safe and sound cost more than a quarter of a million dollars just in police overtime during the nearly two weeks they were shuttled around town last month. The total overtime tab for police, fire, and emergency management security for the City of Atlantic City to put on Miss America, from the time the contestants arrived Sept. 3 to the lead-up to the big parade and pageant weekend on Sept.
October 5, 2013 |
Troubling and gorgeous, Parade opened the Arden season Wednesday night. The show is hard to label: a musical tragedy? A chamber folk opera? Whatever it is, it is brimful of glorious voices, giving us a theatrically exhilarating but politically somber night in the theater. Alfred Uhry wrote the book and Jason Robert Brown the music and lyrics, co-conceived by Harold Prince. Parade begins with a parade celebrating Confederate Memorial Day in a Georgia town. "Why," asks Leo Frank, the show's central character, "would anyone want to celebrate losing a war?"
September 19, 2013 |
THIS YEAR'S Puerto Rican Day Parade will include a series of family-friendly activities intended to avert the disorder that has followed the parade in recent years. Mayor Nutter and other officials announced yesterday that the city will invest significant money in post-parade events, which include a concert at the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park. Nutter said he did not yet know how much the city would investing. Community groups will contribute $50,000. The changes were spurred by last year's controversy after Lt. Jonathan Josey was filmed striking parade-goer Aida Guzman.
September 19, 2013 |
A year after Philadelphia's Puerto Rican Day parade gained national attention over a video showing a police officer striking a woman, city officials are preparing to have more police supervision at the Sept. 29 event. The parade will also be followed by an official city-sponsored concert at the Dell East Music Center in Fairmount Park to give people a place to continue celebrating. The first Boricua Fest, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. that Sunday, will feature local Latino musical acts and the Grammy-nominated rapper Tego Calderon, city officials announced Tuesday.
September 17, 2013 |
IT'S BEEN a year since outrage erupted after veteran cop Lt. Jonathan Josey was captured on video slugging a woman to the ground in the aftermath of the Philadelphia Puerto Rican Day Parade - anger that bubbled up anew when the disgraced officer got his job back last month. But the controversial incident has spurred what officials are calling much-needed change to post-parade activities as well as policing for this year's event - even amid concern that angry protesters may give cops a hard time.
September 16, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY The prodigal daughters returned home Saturday night. Borne by vintage convertibles, the Miss America hopefuls flaunted their footwear as a vast welcome party greeted them over two miles of Boardwalk. The Show Us Your Shoes Parade stepped off in style on the eve of the Miss America pageant, which airs Sunday at 9 p.m. from Boardwalk Hall. The two-hour parade, a tradition that dates to the 1970s, had been on hiatus during the pageant's run in Las Vegas. Stretching from Rhode Island Avenue near Revel Casino to Albany Avenue, with a staged stop in front of Boardwalk Hall, the parade included more than 4,000 participants.