March 22, 1989 |
Break out the folding chairs, the horns and the noisemakers. But leave the heavy overcoats and long underwear at home. The Mummers are returning to Broad Street on April 8 for their first-ever spring parade. And this time, none of them will be taking a bus. Twenty-three string bands will strut south on Broad, from Washington to Oregon Avenues, giving residents a chance to see whatever string bands they may have missed on New Year's Day, when some bands rode buses to avoid damaging their expensive costumes in the snow and rain.
July 2, 1997 |
The 1997 Summer Parade the Mummers gave Philadelphia last night was a January in July event. It was the parade both fans and city officials yearn for on New Year's Day, but seldom realize. It began precisely at 7 p.m. and came to a spectacular end at 8:57, three minutes ahead of schedule. Thousands of fans cheered from the sidewalks, and the Lions, in town for their convention, were so pleased they roared throughout the night. It was a study in precision and teamwork among the 25 units that marched from the Pennsylvania Convention Center to the Liberty Bell.
March 2, 2015 |
Cars still were barred from Main Street an hour after the first-ever Mummers Parade in Manayunk concluded. The crowd inside Pitcher's Pub swelled at noon Saturday, and the Pennsport String Band had an idea to engage the revelers. One strut. Outside. Three contestants. Winner collects $100. "Everyone points at me," said Kate O'Reilly, a Mummer's daughter and Manayunk resident. "I say: 'Done. It's in the bag. I dare you.' The rest is history. " There was something different about this intimate Mummers gathering.
November 3, 1991 |
Havertown hunk Eddie Jackson will debut on Studs, the '90s meat-market show on the Fox network (WTXF, Channel 29) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Jackson, 22, recently returned from a week-long stay in Hollywood. His dates with three young women took him to the beaches of sunny California, Catalina Island and to numerous restaurants and clubs. "The weather was great, the girls were all really smart and good- looking," Jackson said. "I had the chance to meet a lot of nice people.
January 1, 2003 |
Palma Lucas' phone wouldn't stop ringing yesterday. "If I had a crystal ball and I could charge for my weather forecast, honey, I could make enough to run this place all year," said the beleaguered director of the Mummers Museum, who was pummeled with calls the moment news broke of a possible New Year's Day downpour. The museum, at Second and Washington, has no role in deciding whether the parade will happen today - that's up to city officials and parade division directors.
January 2, 1988 |
With beer in hand, a red-cheeked Drew Haney soaked in the clashing sounds of horns, conga drums and trumpets on Broad Street. "I live for this moment," gushed the 23-year-old Havertown, Delaware County, resident. "It isn't New Year's without the Mummers Parade. " Over the course of the day, hundreds of thousands of hearty souls from Hackensack, N.J., to El Paso, Texas, lined the 2 1/2-mile route for the 88th annual Mummers Parade under a cloudy sky and a threat of rain. Official crowd estimates were not available last night.
March 21, 1989 |
Old Mummers never die. They just strut away. That's what 23 string bands will be doing April 8, strutting in a first- time-ever spring parade down South Broad Street. Officially called The String Band Spring Strut, the tongue-twister is intended to give Philadelphians another chance to see bands that balked at marching in snow and rain and traveled part of the route by bus in the 1989 New Year's Day parade. The spring strut will feature only string bands, said Mike DiBerardinis, a top aide to Rep. Thomas M. Foglietta, whose office organized the parade.
January 23, 1989 |
Yo, Mummers string band fans: How about a spring strut up Broad Street, courtesy of your local congressman? Rep. Thomas M. Foglietta, D-Phila., a parade buff who has more Mummer constituents than any other legislator in the world, is proposing a special string band parade to be held on a weekend in April. It would be a way to put the string bands and the fans back in touch after the fractious 1989 Mummers Parade. On Jan. 1, string bands balked at marching because of snow and rain, then rode buses partway up Broad Street, drawing heavy criticism for long delays and few performances.
May 2, 1994 |
When the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau drew up its itinerary for the visiting Society of American Travel Writers, the bureau put on the glitz - along with the ritz - for the out-of-towners. Just before the Convention Bureau on Friday put its best foot forward, it slipped it into a golden slipper at the Mummers Museum. To present a view of Philadelphia beyond Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, writers were treated to a tour of the world's only museum dedicated to the history of international mummery.
February 25, 1989 |
Channel 3 (KYW-TV) has agreed to televise a special springtime version of the Mummers Parade on April 8 and allow all advertising revenue to pay for event expenses - a step that almost assures the parade will take place. "They will, in effect, own three hours on the television station," said Jim Thompson, general manager of Channel 3, who made the offer to would-be organizers yesterday. "We're doing it for nothing, paying our own costs, and we're happy to help the situation.