May 15, 2014 |
IT WAS an unusual funeral procession. A coffin bearing the earthly remains of Charlotte Warner Daily was taken through the streets of West Cape May, N.J., last Wednesday on a float festooned with symbols of the things that made her life worthwhile. There were two American flags symbolizing her patriotism, a cross for her religion, a 4-H sign representing the youth organization she sponsored and a carpet of sod reminiscent of her passion for gardening. There was also a Christmas tree as a symbol of the parade she organized and ran at Christmastime in West Cape May every year for 49 years.
May 3, 2014 |
In 1964, the float built by Charlotte Warner Daily's 4-H Club won a $100 prize in the Sea Isle City, N.J., Christmas parade. She wanted to enter it in a similar parade in Cape May, but the event was rained out. "So she went to the mayor of West Cape May and asked if she could have a parade in West Cape May, where we lived," daughter Jeanette Urquhart said. "He said, 'Yeah, as long as you don't use the taxpayers' money.' " And so a decades-old tradition - the West Cape May Community Christmas Parade - was born.
April 22, 2014 |
With temperatures in the low 50s and winds at a brisk 14 m.p.h., it wasn't exactly prime beach weather. But families enthusiastically turned out Sunday afternoon on the boardwalk in Ocean City, N.J., for the annual Easter Fashion Promenade. There was tradition to uphold, after all - and prizes to win. Charlene Oldfield-Porreca, 60, a lifelong Ocean City resident, suggested the event wasn't quite what it used to be. Then again, the 1970s were a special time. That's when she modeled what she described on Sunday as her favorite Easter outfit: a purple velvet pantsuit with go-go boots.
March 16, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Since 1771, Philadelphians have marked St. Patrick's Day with a parade. On Sunday, the 2014 celebration will march up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The theme of this year's celebration is "St. Patrick, bless the contributions of Irish Americans to our nation," and the grand marshal will be former Eagles general manager Jim Murray, a cofounder of the first Ronald McDonald House for ill children, which opened in 1974 in Philadelphia. Before the parade, a Mass will be said 9 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 20th and Locust Streets.
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?"