Goodbye for now, Big Mac

big-mac-mccWe say goodbye today to John Macintyre, Jr.  Big Mac passed away over the weekend at the age of 82.  A constant, heavy stream of family, friends and fellow Mummers passed by his open casket last night in Runnemede, New Jersey.  His large, gracious family greeted and talked to every single one. Mr. Macintyre died on Saturday, on Constitution Day.  John loved America.  He was a veteran.  He was a Mummer.20160921_201601

He started parading at 3 years old with his father.  John, Jr. would go on to march in 79 parades and was looking forward to his 80th.  He loved his bean soup after a day on Broad Street. He was best known as the leader of Mac’s Mongoose Mummers and paraded most recently with the Murray Comic Club.  (The Mongoose came from a mountain lake home he had for many years, called Mongoose Meadows. His family and friends still talk about the weekends with Big Mac, with Pop or Pop Pop.) His family plans to be on the street, parading this New Year’s Day. That’s the way John would want it.  Among the items in his casket: golden slippers and a gold umbrella.

With 7 children, 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, Mac’s Mongoose Mummers was truly a family experience on New Year’s Day. But, come to think of it, almost every day. Big Mac was like that all the time. His large, comfortable, made for fun den in their Bellmawr home was a gathering point. It was a celebration of smiling with life. That was John Macintyre, Jr., as big as they come.20160921_201539

Donations may be made in John’s name to the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 Twenty-Fourth Street N.W., P.O. Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090-7180.

Mummers Against Cancer Underway!

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The 11th annual Mummers Against Cancer is well underway at the Woodland SB Clubhouse. Thousands of dollars are being raised to help families battling cancer. Thanks to everyone who donated the food, the music, the Hula dancers and more.  100 percent of the revenue is going to the fight. Mums at Work again.

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Aloha!

Happy Anniversary Murray Comic Club

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The Murray Comic Club celebrates its 80th anniversary tonight and its 18th 1st Prize in a row with a gala at SugarHouse Casino.  500 attendees are here, including past presidents and officers of other clubs. And, of course, big cheers to President Rich Porco and his daughter, Jessica, long time leaders of Murray and standard bearers of Mummery.  As Rich said tonight, “We’re not a club, we’re a family.”

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Murray has been a steady supporter of Easter Seals, our Armed Forces overseas and Philabundance. On New Year’s Day and throughout the year, Murray is number one. Congratulations and thank you, Murray Comic Club.

Talent is in the House

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And I mean on the stage. The Neumann Goretti High School Talent Show is underway in South Philadelphia. Congratulations to all the students.
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The row of judges are busy including my SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade partner Alicia Vitarelli of 6ABC and PHL17 News at Ten. Thanks to Father Olson and Bruce Robinson for being such good hosts.

Neumann Goretti Talent Night

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That’s the view from my judge’s seat at tonight Neumann Goretti Talent Show. The Parents Association and the kids

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have set a great stage at this historic South Philadelphia high school.

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Celebration!

2016 Champion Golden Crown leading the celebration tonight at the Fancy Brigade Banquet at SugarHouse Casino.

Fancy Brigade Banquet 2016

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Members of the Shooters styling on the deck at SugarHouse Casino tonight at the annual Fancy Brigade Association Banquet in Philadelphia.

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It’s a night to honor all the men, women and children who every New Year’s Day entertain the city with the Mummers tradition inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and throughout the year are there for family, neighborhood and country.

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Tonight is a night to remember the late FB Association President and former Captain of the Downtowners, Jim Julia.

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It’s a night to honor and welcome Tommy Knight, Jr.,  into the Hall of Fame.

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Among those here, Mary and Tom Loomis, Jessica and Rich Porco, Palma and John Lucas,

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and other representatives of other Mummers Divisions. Other strong supporters,

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including Vince and Norma Giannini of PHL17, joined the Brigades in this massive celebration at the new SugarHouse.

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Congratulations to Champions Golden Crown and all the clubs. A great night for a great tradition.

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