2013 Order of Enjoyment

The String Band Division has selected its Order of March, or as I call it, the Order of Enjoyment, for the 2013 SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade. This is a critically important draw as 2012 Champion Woodland String Band plots strategy of how best to defend its title and SugarHouse Casino PHL17 Viewer’s Choice Winner South Philadelphia String Band has had to battle in recent years to make an impression on the judges that will last through the entire round.

 It was a packed house in the Mummers Museum as representatives of each band selected envelopes, each containing one number.  In the draw, both Ferko and Quaker City improved their positions over 2012. Fralinger, which for 2 years has started near the beginning of the division, will in 2013 conclude the performances. Going up the street 1st will be Greater Overbrook String Band.

Here’s how it all sets up for New Year’s Day, 2013!

1. Greater O

2. Durning

3. Trilby

4. Broomall

5. South Philadelphia

6. Hegeman

7. Woodland

8. Aqua

9. Uptown

10. Polish American

11. Avalon

12. Ferko

13. Greater Kensington

14. Quaker City

15. Pennsport

16. Duffy

17. Fralinger

Best B&B

The last two nights I had the pleasure of being with the best B&B as determined by the thousands of people who took part in the PHl17 Viewer’s Choice Poll.  The viewers selected Quaker City String Band and Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars as the finest performers on New Year’s Day.  I presented the awesome Viewer’s Choice trophy for String Band to Quaker City President Harry Brown, Jr., and the band Wednesday night at the QC clubhouse.  Thursday night, I handed over the equally powerful Viewer’s Choice trophy for Fancy Brigade to Mickey Adams and the brigade at their clubhouse.  The winners get to keep the trophies.  They are not passed around year to year.  Every form of recognition can be important, but the Viewer’s Choice Awards for Best String Band and Best Fancy Brigade are reflective of the people’s choice.   Each club earned it.   Congratulations Shooting Stars and Quaker City!