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Just Three Days Before The Mummers Strut Their Stuff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – One of four divisions that make up the Philadelphia Mummers is the Fancy Brigade; the only division that performs two indoor theatrical shows and in-between performance marches in a portion of the New Year’s Day parade on Broad Street.

The final preparations are underway at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for Saturday’s Mummers shows.

One of the 10 Fancy Brigade clubs performing in the New Year’s Day indoor shows is the Shooting Stars from South Philadelphia. Their theme is “Haunted Highlands the Legend of Lockness.”

“We’re still monkeying with this. We got to cover all this. We’re putting different greens and stuff around the tomb stones. We have to cover the scaffolding; there is a lot of work to be done still.”

Twenty-seven-year-old Bryan Adams (photo) was working on one of the sets. He is also a dancing Skelton in the act, “My father is the captain my brother is the co captain.”

He says he was born into Mummery and has been doing it for most of his life.

Tickets are available for purchase for the noon and 5 p.m. shows.

Also Mummers Fest is underway now through New Year’s Eve. It is a family, friendly interactive festival at the convention center where for $4 a ticket, attendees can take a back stage tour, try on Mummers costumes and see the clubs practice.

For more information on both events, go to

Watch Mummers Strut at CBS 3:

Reported By John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio.

  • Terry

    Alec the “mummers” tradiition dates back to Europe, Germany, Rome, France and the early celebration of Saturina as early as 400BC.” Roman laborers observed the feast of the Saturnalia in honor of their god, Saturn, and the reaping of the harvest. They made calls on friends, they exchanged gifts and it was customary for some of the gifts to bear greetings for a happy new year.

    Slaves sported robes from their masters, and the patricians, wearing fantastic costumes, roamed the streets with their slaves.”

  • Alec

    The mummers are a very strange Philadelphia tradition. Most people don’t get the whole thing, quite frankly I’m not sure I do either. Wear costumes, drink heavily, attempt to walk down the street. I guess it’s like Mardigras..

    Ps. Ed Rendell is ruining Pennsylvania.

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