As the 2012 Sugar House Mummers Parade prepares to step off on New Year’s Day, the clubs also do so with the order of their appearances on their minds. It’s a psychological game for some who believe that going too early ensures a lower score from the judges and that going in the last half, especially the end, ensures better scoring. Some string bands think going about 2-thirds of the way in is perfect. For 20 years of broadcasting the parade I make notes and keep a private scoring sheet, but I really look forward to seeing every club and each performance. The more you know each Mummer, the more you witness every club planning, rehearsing, serving their neighborhoods, giving time to charity and just trying to enjoy liberty and give folks a good time on New Year’s Day, the more you love every strut. The Order of Finish is less important to me than the Order of March. In the end, it’s the people parade that matters. So here is the Order of Enjoyment.
The Comic Division around 9:45 a.m. steps off at Broad and Washington and heads north to 16th and JFK. The Goodtimers will lead the Comics, followed by Landi and returning champion, Murray.
The Fancy Division follows with Hog Island leaving Broad and Passyunk about 10:30 a.m. Golden Sunrise will follow. Both clubs should be up at 16th and JFK between about 12:30 to 1:30.
The String Band Division hits the street next. There are 17 bands this year. Here is their order.
Duffy is first, stepping off from Broad and Shunk around 10 a.m., followed by Fralinger, Broomall, Aqua, South Philadelphia, Polish American, Uptown, Ferko, Quaker City, Avalon, Greater Kensington, Greater Overbrook, Trilby, Pennsport, then Durning, and Hegeman and Woodland round out the 17.
Inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Fancy Brigade Division wows the crowds in two shows. The first is at Noon. The second is at 5 p.m. You’ll see a show on PHL17 between 8pm and 10pm. Here’s the FB order. Downtowners, Saturnalians, Avenuers, South Philly Vikings, Golden Crown, Jokers Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars, 2nd Street Shooters, Satin Slipper and Clevemore.
Go forth and Mummerfy.