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Practice Makes Perfect For Mummers Parade Performers

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By Jenn Bernstein

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–On the first morning hours of 2014, the Quaker City String Band’s clubhouse came to life.

With sequence and golden slippers, members prepared for the day they wait for all year- the Mummer’s Parade.

“It’s going to be a phenomenal day for Quaker City,” said President Harry Brown.

Practice makes perfect.

A lot of time and effort is put into the day.

Eyewitness News was allowed to see how these Mummers prepare.

The men put on make up and bright costumes.

“We are doing a gold miner theme out west,” said band captain Jimmy Good.

It’s all about celebrating the new year, family, friends, and tradition.

“My grandfather before he passed was a 50 year member, my father’s in the band,” said Good.

Band member Jim Fox pointed out members of his family, “This is my son Jim, this is my brother Kevin, my brother John, my brother in law Kevin, my son Jason, and my nephew Justin.”

Today marks the Quaker City String Band’s 84th parade.

With a prayer and a cheers inside the clubhouse, the Mummers honored their history and welcomed 2014 with open arms.

The Quaker City String Band placed first three years ago, second in 2012 and 2013.

Their hoping for first place on parade day, while as always, having fun.

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