Parade On

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Wendy Hamilton, Mayor Nutter and other dignitaries and MUMMERS officially announce to the public plans for the fireworks New Year’s Eve and the SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day. New parade route, more interaction. Strutting begins at 10 a.m. at 15th and Market. Coverage begins at 8.

And the Winner is…

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Tommy “Otis” Petronis of Froggy Carr
wins the 1st Annual World Championship of Wenches!

Best Wench Competition

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If ever if ever a wench there was it is where I am right now. Judging along with 6 others the First Annual World Champion of Wenches in South Philadelphia. 10 entrants in costume, strut and the much awaited question and answer competition. Thanks to the  Wench Brigade Association and Local 98 for sponsoring. What a great way to get ready for New Year’s Day.

Santa Mum

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Santa Claus is visiting the kids at the
at the Mummers Museum this hour. Wonderful moment for children each year in South Philadelphia.

“The Philadelphia Mummers”

PHL17 presents “The Philadelphia Mummers”, three 30-minute shows leading up to New Year’s Day. The first is this Sunday night, Dec. 14th, at 11pm, following Action News on PHL17. Captains, brass bands, history, the Mummers family and more!
Join me for a look at the great tradition from 2nd Street, Part 1.

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Marching Orders! Parade is a Go!

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The annual Mummers Roundup meeting is underway at the Mummers Museum. Representatives from more than 40 clubs are getting official instructions from Deputy Commissioner Leo Dignam and others in the Park and Rec Department about the new route and staging areas for the 2015 SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade.  The parade will start at 15th and Market near Dilworth Park. The judging will be done there. Then, the clubs will head south around City Hall to Broad Street and continue South to Washington Avenue. Besides the judging area, there will be 2 other performance areas, at the Union League and at Broad and Carpenter.
The new route may allow for more interaction.  While some Mummers and fans will miss the South Philadelphia route, many others see the potential benefits and crowd friendly opportunities. Officials tell me it will also save the City money on police and sanitation. The first club starting it all off will be Golden Sunrise of the Fancy Division. The Comics are next, followed by the Wench Brigade Division and the String Bands. The Fancy Brigade members will mix between performances.  Official City of Philadelphia news conference is Tuesday at the Hall.

The Newest Captain

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Meeting with more String Band Captains at the Mummers Museum, including Duffy’s Ted Kudrick and his son, new Co-Captain Jake!

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