The Young & The Fancy

Okay, the Fancy Division members of the Mummers are young , too. Young in age or young in heart, but I want to start with a teenager named Mikayla, who is not a Mummer, but who embodies the best of the Mummers.  Mikayla attends Council Rock High School South in Holland.  She organized a 2 and a half hour “Dance for a Cure,” featuring scores of performers from Philadelphia, New Jersey and the Pennsylvania suburbs.  I emceed the event and was so impressed with how well run it was, the hard work she and other teens put in to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Eastern Pennsylvania.  More often than not I meet young people who give me hope about the future and they, like, Mikayla, should be recognized.

Now, I also attended the annual Fancy Division Banquet at the Waterfall Room of Swan Caterers in South Philadelphia and let me tell you that more than a few of the attendees could do a little dancing, too.  Awards were also handed out to the folks who had  finished in 1st Place in various categories on New Year’s Day.  Congratulations to Hog Island Fancy Club, Captain Kenny Medeiros, Zachary Carr, Alanna Campbell, Samantha and Michele Susson, Bonnie Cooper, Bryanne Ryley, Jesse Scheffield, Jozef Jozefowski, Dan Rossano, Mike Blaus, Chris Duffy and Sean Conch.  Congratulations as well to Brian Corry who has been inducted into the Fancy Division Hall of Fame.  Jacky Bam Bam, who I think of as the Alice Cooper of Mummers, was there.  Jim Julia, Rich and Jess Porco and others from other divisions. It was also great to see Dr. Mark Wray, former Captain and a legend in the Fancy Division.

Adding Up/Lining Up/Fired Up

The money raised by the Bacon Brothers “A Night With The Mummers” concert is still being counted but I can tell you it was a financial success.  As positive vibrations keep flowing, let me also share with you the Order of March for the 2010 Comcast Mummers Parade.

THE COMICS will start with Landi, followed by Murray Comic Club.  Murray will be going for a record 12 first prizes in a row.  Third and final Comic Club up the street will be Goodtimers

The 7 largest Wench Brigades are marching as a division after the Comic Division and before the Fancies.  Here’s the order.

Riverfront

Cara Liom

Pirates

O’Malley

Bryson

JH Saints

Froggy Carr (who dat? who dat? who dat Froggy Carr?)

THE FANCY DIVISION will start with Golden Sunrise, followed by defending champs Hog Island, then Oregon New Year’s Association.

The String Bands will be led up the street by Greater Overbrook.  Here’s the list:

Greater Overbrook

Trilby

Broomall

Irish American

Aqua

Uptown

Duffy

Durning

Woodland

Polish American

Hegeman

Greater Kensington

South Philadelphia

Avalon

Quaker City

Fralinger

and Ferko

Note that there are 17 string bands this year. Pennsport still exists but for financial reasons some members this year are marching with Durning.

The Fancy Brigades, performing in the Pennsylvania Convention Center twice on New Year’s Day will feature the following lineup:

Cahill’s (still in the city’s official order but Cahill’s is taking a 1-year sabbatical and is not performing on Jan. 1, 2010)

2nd Street Shooters

Downtowners

Clevemore

South Philly Vikings

Avenuers

Saturnalians

Jokers

Satin Slipper

Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars

and Golden Crown

Get fired up!  It’s almost New Year’s Day!  Next week, we’ll talk more about themes.  The Roundup with the City of Philadelphia is now scheduled for December 16th.

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