The winners of the 2012 SugarHouse Casino PHL17 Viewer’s Choice Poll have been announced at SugarHouse Casino. Hundreds of Mummers were on hand to cheer the top finishers and enjoy the hospitality of SugarHouse. The place was Mummin’. Woodland String Band, showing the class and polish it’s always had, serenaded the gathered as they awaited the results. And, the results are: Finishing 1st in the eyes and ears of the viewer’s in 2012 are South Philadelphia String Band and South Philly Vikings. This is the 7th year the viewers have been selecting their favorites in the String Band Division and the 3rd year they have been choosing their winners in the Fancy Brigade Division.
South Philadelphia String Band with its “A Tune Full of Sugar” theme wowed the viewers of the String Band Division. The costuming and performance satisfied every sweet tooth out there. Captain Denny Palandro delivered another solid display of showmanship. Congratulations to Jim Browne and all at South Philadelphia. Your confection was infectious. SPSB also won the coveted “Custard’s Last Stand” award. That will be formally handed out at the String Band Association banquet.
Here’s the the rest of the Viewer’s Choice top 5 in the String Band Division.
In the Fancy Brigade Division, South Philly Vikings won the SugarHouse Casino PHL17 Viewer’s Choice Poll with its theme “Ka’Light’Oscope: Harness The Power of the Spectrum.” This trend-setting brigade broke new ground again with its electrifying visual artistry. SPV also won the official judging on New Year’s Day. Vikings Captain Pete D’amato also took 1st prize in the official judging for Captain.
Finishing second tonight in the determination of the viewers is Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars and in 3rd place, Golden Crown.
And in a wonderful display of commitment and community spirit, SugarHouse Casino not only hosted this year’s awards ceremony, but it also donated a total of $5,000 to the Mummers Museum, $2,500 dollars in the name of each winner, South Philly Vikings and South Philadelphia String Band.