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Mummers Seek To Raise Funds For 2011 Parade

(Mummers performers and government officials gather for the parade announcement outside University of the Arts.  Photo by John McDevitt)

(Mummers performers and government officials gather for the parade announcement outside University of the Arts. Photo by John McDevitt)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - New Years Day will be the third year in a row where there is no prize money for winners of the Mummers parade. An effort is underway to raise funds so that the prize can be re-instated for the 2012 parade.

Saturday is the 111th Mummers parade and in its history there was no parade in 1919 due to World War I and in 1934 due to the depression.
The past two years there was a parade but no prize money due to the city’s economic woes.

“For example, the first prize string band used to get $9,800 as a prize if they won first prize. Second prize string band was less and so on,” says George Badey, head of savethemummers.com fund.

“It costs somewhere between $150,000-$200,000 to put a string band on the street so it doesn’t really pay for it but it does help a little bit and it is sort of a recognition.”

The organization is excepting donations to keep the mummers tradition alive in the future and to reinstate the prize money for 2012.

Reported By John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio.

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