January 3, 2013
String Bands Division Club Totals Club Points 1. Fralinger . . . 96.70 2. Quaker City . . . 96.10 3. Woodland . . . 94.60 4. South Philadelphia . . . 92.05 5. Ferko . . . 91.25 6. Hegerman . . . 91.10 6 tie. Avalon . . . 91.10 8. Aqua . . . 82.75 9. Polish American . . . 81.05 10. Uptown . . . 79.80 11. Pennsport . . . 75.90 12. Duffy . . . 73.35 13. Broomall . . . 72.85 14. Durning ....
December 28, 2012
Here's the order of march for the 2013 Mummers String Bands. The first band steps off at Broad and Ritner at 10:30 a.m. (Number in parentheses indicates a band's 2012 prize ranking.) Greater Overbrook (15) Captain Bill Razzano Theme: Headin' For The Hills High in the Smoky Mountains, a shotgun wedding is about to take place. The groom to be is Captain Bill Razzano, the hillbilly clan leader. Plenty of homemade moonshine is served at this ceremony, accompanied by dueling banjos and mountain music.
December 28, 2012 |
Forget watching college football bowl games on TV and nursing hangovers. If you're a Philadelphian, one New Year's Day activity trumps all others. We speak, of course, of the Mummers Parade, the now-112-year-old orgy of banjos, glockenspiels, feathers and sequins that as much as anything we hold dear, symbolizes our sweetly eccentric corner of the universe. But for something that virtually defines the word "tradition," the Mummers Parade is a surprisingly evolving entity, which is likely why the relic of the horse-and-buggy era has survived into the time of Instagram and "Gangnam Style.
December 19, 2012 |
JONATHAN JOSEY II, the decorated Highway Patrol supervisor who was fired from the Philadelphia Police Department after being filmed punching a woman during the city's Puerto Rican Day Parade in September, will be tried in February, a judge ruled Monday. Josey, 39, who is charged with simple assault, was not at the brief status hearing in Municipal Court, but his attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said he would be exonerated at trial, scheduled to get under way Feb. 12. "When we have the opportunity to present all the evidence in the courtroom, we'll be able to show that Lt. Josey acted reasonably under the circumstances.
December 12, 2012 |
Their South Philadelphia warehouse was still smoldering from a four-alarm fire earlier in the day, but members of the Fralinger String Band declared Monday night that they would not miss the Mummers Parade. "Fralinger will never back down from a challenge," said Thomas D'Amore, 24, the captain. The band had been renting first-floor space at Second and Wharton Streets to make props and costumes, D'Amore said. "Unfortunately, this is the first year we've rented this spot," said D'Amore, drinking a Pepsi outside the Shamrock Pub down Two Street.
December 7, 2012
AS THE TRADITION of ringing in the New Year in Philadelphia with the Mummers approaches, we appreciate Stu Bykofsky's column (Dec. 3) noting the improvements parade-goers can look forward to this year, from better views at the City Hall judging area to shorter gaps between performances. The column notes 1,200 ticketed bleacher seats - in fact, more than 1,500 seats will be available to fans at the enhanced Grandstand entertainment zone on JFK Boulevard between 15th and 16th streets. Tickets for these bleacher seats are available through the Independence Visitor Center.
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.
November 29, 2012 |
DRAG QUEENS WILL glitz up the next Mummers Parade in Philadelphia. Ten veteran drag performers will join the New Year's Day celebration, each in costumes matching the theme of a Fancy Brigade. "I think it's kind of crazy to be so mainstream now," said Ian Morrison, who handpicked the members of the first "Drag Brigade. " Morrison will participate as his drag alias, Brittany Lynn. He's been performing for 15 years and said that "Philly's come a long way" in terms of LGBT rights.
November 24, 2012 |
Twenty-second Street and the Parkway, the southwest corner. For 40 years, that's been Ed Proudman's spot for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the place to which he dragged children from their warm beds and where he now watches them do the same with their children. Where he brings his ladder so late arrivals without manners don't block the children's view. And perhaps most important, where he gets out of the house for a few hours so his wife can get some peace while she prepares Thanksgiving dinner.
November 24, 2012
WILMINGTON - Burned out after Black Friday? Relax at a parade. The Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade will start at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fifth and Market Streets. It will include marching bands from Salesianum School and the Cab Calloway School of the Arts. Two Mummers Parade troupes, the Woodland and Duffy String Bands, will also take part. - AP