The Fralinger Story


Congratulations to Fralinger String Band on its 100th anniversary. The story can be seen tonight at 11 on PHL17 on “The Philadelphia Mummers.”  The celebration began Dec. 18th, the date of the band’s founding in South Philadelphia.


Soup Winner

Congratulations to Jessica Tursi of the South Philly Vikings and Tommy Knight for her Beef with Pastina soup, the winner of the 3rd annual Golden Ladle Soup contest at the Mummers Museum. 2nd goes to the Jokers Maryland Crab and 3rd prize goes to Froggy Carr and its Tortellini Soup.



Packed house as the 3rd annual Golden Ladle Soup contest is underway at the Mummers Museum. Delicious entries. Also this morning attended the Mummers Mass at Sacred Heart, honoring veterans and the late Monsignor George Tomichek. Also visited with Duffy rehearsing at TipTop playground. Lots happening today!

Parade On


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…


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

Best Wench Competition


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


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.


String Band Themes for 2015



Here is the Order of March and the official theme titles for the String Bands for the 2015 SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade.


Uptown “The InTENTS, UnBearable, and AXtreme Outdoors”

Greater Overbrook “Brazilliant!”

Duffy “Log-A-Rhythm”

Durning “Bootin’ Scootin’ and Nashville Hootin’”

South Philadelphia “Gangs of Gotham”

Aqua “When Swing Was King”

Greater Kensington “Moonshine Mountain”

Fralinger “The Machine”

Polish American “Fifty Shades of Hay”

Broomall “Alice in Wonderland: We’re All Mad here”

Quaker City “One Man’s Trash Is This Band’s Treasure”

Woodland “One Heart One Spirit”

Pennsport “The Pirates of Pennsport”

Avalon “The Sky’s The Limit Episode II: Revenge of the Fallen”

Hegeman “Immortal Utopia”

Ferko “INDIA”

Marching Orders! Parade is a Go!


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.