Reporting John McDevitt
By John McDevitt
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Last minute preparations are underway for the Mummers Fancy Brigade finale shows on New Years Day. But, you can get a free sneak peak of the show tonight at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Air brush artist Bobby Daltry, 45, was doing some touch up work on some props and sets he’s been working own for the past couple months.
“They bang the floats practicing; they got to retouch them. They’re changing their minds real fast. It’s nuts right now.”
Ten fancy brigade clubs perform each get four and half minutes to do their thing.
Rocco Gallelli is with the Philadelphia Mummers Brigade Association. He describes the show as Broadway meeting Mardi Gras.
“A big ship or a big seahorse coming at you — it kind of gets exciting. And the competitions on new years day we have the two shows at noon and 5 o’clock.”
Tickets are still available for the New years day shows by going to fancybrigade.com
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But, the public can get a free preview of what’s in store — minus the elaborate costumes — by just showing up at the Convention Center tonight at 6:30.