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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The People Have Spoken

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Congratulations to Woodland String Band and to Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars, winners of the 2016 SugarHouse Casino Viewer’s Choice Awards for their performances on New Years Day in the Mummers Parade. 

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Mummers from all Divisions gathered tonight at the new conference and event facility at SugarHouse Casino for the annual revelation. A pleasant time was guaranteed for all.

Viewer’s Choice Decisions Tonight

Hello, Mummer Lovers!  It’s time to award the Viewer’s Choice winners for the Fancy Brigades and String Bands from New Year’s Day.  The results from mid-January’s calculations have been securely kept in a mustard jar on Rusty Martz’ stoop.  They will be revealed this evening, Tuesday evening, at the new event facility at SugarHouse Casino.

All Mummers at the event will receive one Free Drink Ticket for a beverage of their choice, including a non-alcohol drink. Two buffets will serve prime rib, (2) side dishes, a pasta station with (2) options, and a dessert spread.

And!!! There are three $1,000 drawings from the pool of all other clubs present.   Be there by 7 pm.  Please allow for a little slower traffic.  The delicious event will take place despite the small to modest snowfall expected.

Thank you to South Philadelphia String Band for providing the entertainment.

Any changes due to weather or objections from the mustard jar will be reported on this site.

This note for those under 21 or with family members under 21:  “Individuals under 21 are welcome, but families with underage kids will need to park in the parking garage (as they aren’t allowed on the gaming floor), take the elevator straight to the event center on the 2nd floor, and exit the same way.”

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