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By Jericka Duncan and Mike Dougherty
Philadelphia (CBS) – The winners of the 2012 Mummers Parade were announced Sunday night at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Woodland finished first among the string bands, and was followed in the standings by Quaker City, South Philadelphia, Ferko and Fralinger. The South Philly Vikings finished first in the fancy brigade division. In the fancy division, Hog Island topped Golden Sunrise and Murray topped Landi and Goodtimers in the comic division.
The annual New Year’s Day Mummers Parade tradition kicked off early Sunday morning in South Philadelphia.
As early as 5 a.m., Eyewitness News followed the Golden Sunrise New Year’s Association. They spent much of their morning loading props and customs onto trucks.
“We’ve been around since 1960,” said Sunrise member Matt Glovacz, who gave his annual speech before his Mummer group left for the parade.
“Let’s kick some butt,” said Glovacz. “Just remember to smile and have fun.”
Philadelphia’s rich, Mummer history goes back more than 100 years. Organizers say the first recognized parade was in 1901. Since then, the event has and continues to attract thousands of spectators every year.
To view a complete list of the winners of this year’s parade, click here.