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March 22, 1989 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 2, 1997 | by Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 2, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 3, 1991 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
January 1, 2003 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 2, 1988 | By GINA BOUBION and LEON TAYLOR, Daily News Staff Writers (Staff writer Michael Days contributed to this report.)
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.
NEWS
March 21, 1989 | By Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 23, 1989 | By Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 2, 1994 | by Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 25, 1989 | By Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 2, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 27, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Doug Hoffman had wondered what it would be like to be part of the Mummers Parade. On New Year's Day, he watched the live coverage of Mummers strutting up Broad Street, and marveled at the pageantry - the joyous music and choreography, comic performances, the elaborate suits with their glitter and sequins. Hoffman never thought he'd actually have a chance to actually join in. But as a resident of the Bancroft Lakeside Campus in Mullica Hill, where he's in a program for autistic adults, he met a retired member of the Golden Sunrise Fancy Club and posed a question: "Can you make me a Mummer?"
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Broad Street's sequined strutters will be flapping their feathers toward Main Street come February. Just days before their annual New Year's Day parade along a shortened route in central Philadelphia, the Mummers announced Wednesday that they would hold yet another parade a few weeks later - through Manayunk, in a Mardi Gras celebration they hope to turn into an annual affair that can double as a fund-raiser. It will be the first time the Mummers will mount a parade beyond the New Year's spectacle that is to many Philadelphians what the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is to New Yorkers.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
ISSUE | TEACHING Urban classrooms can be places of joy Urban teachers do have resources for success: quality induction programs, mentoring, workshops, professional development on a large number of topics, best-practices sessions, online courses, and advice from experts such as administrators, union leaders, school police, and more ("Sink-or-swim model for teachers needs reform," July 31). In my 17 years in the School District, I experienced many joys working in five different schools; four of them, unquestionably, with difficult environments.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Mister Mann Frisby, For the Daily News
* IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE: WOMEN OF SOUL. 9 p.m. Monday, WHYY12. WASHINGTON, D.C. - On a blustery March morning, the heat was turned way up inside the White House as first lady Michelle Obama welcomed more than 120 students (including 20 from Olney Charter High) to celebrate "Women of Soul. " First came an interactive student workshop in the State Dining Room - "I'm Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul. " That evening, some major figures in that history strutted their soulful stuff at a concert that was filmed to air Monday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
In a Philly heartbeat, Cory Wade Hindorff would strike a runway pose in a miniskirt. And you might even find him walking confidently along Old City's cobblestone streets in six-inch heels. But the 23-year-old, third-place winner on fall's America's Next Top Model , wouldn't call himself a woman trapped in a man's body. Nor would Hindorff, who is gay, want anyone to mistake him for a member of the fairer sex, despite how phenomenal he looks in size 2 Urban Outfitters skinny jeans.
TRAVEL
March 3, 2014 | By Mitchel L. Zoler, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Any tradition that has lasted 114 years must evolve to survive. And so, the annual Mummers Parade has been put through its Darwinian paces. Routes have been tweaked. Hours curtailed. Rules imposed. Crowds expanded and contracted. Drag queens, who strutted until the 1970s returned to the frilled fold in 2013 - and o 'dem golden kinky boots. But the 2014 rendition, which rolled and strutted, boogied and high-stepped, clowned and twirled up Broad Street Wednesday in a well-hydrated flurry of confetti, sequins, feathers and face paint, was 100 percent consistent with its century-old roots in the most essential Philadelphian ways.
SPORTS
December 20, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES may want to wear golden slippers instead of cleats Sunday night against the Bears. That way they could strut alongside the Duffy String Band, which will perform at halftime before what is sure to be a packed house at the Linc. "The Mummers have paraded through the streets of Philadelphia for more than a hundred years," said Eagles president Don Smolenski. "We are excited to have the Duffy String Band strut into Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. " Duffy captain Ted Kudrick is hoping to rev up the fans and inspire the team.
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