The Mummers Parade came to a close Thursday night and the judges chose their favorite performers.
Eleven groups took the stage for 4½ minutes each, generating lots of excitement.
This year the parade begins at 15th and Market Streets in center city and ends at Broad and Washington Avenue, with performance stops at Sansom and Carpenter Streets.
It’s a last-minute flurry of feathers as the eleven Fancy Brigades complete their extravagant pieces that will adorn their indoor performances on New Year’s Day.
As clubs look for the next generation of mummers, some modifications are being made to the annual New Year’s Day parade to serve a number of needs.
Looking to partake in the revelry? Here’s what you need to know for the 115th annual event on January 1, 2015.
At least ten of the 16 string bands have committed to the February 22, 2015, event (which will miss Mardi Gras, February 17th, by a few days).
With the pressure off, Philadelphia String Band Association President Tom Loomis says the performers will be able interact more with the Broad street crowd.
The sole remaining “Fancy Division” club in Philadelphia has turned to crowdfunding in a desperate attempt to stay afloat.
One parade official says the current parade route has long stretches with few spectators: “There’s nobody there but the policemen directing traffic.”
Father’s Day weekend is a busy one in the Wildwoods.
Thousands lined Broad Street to watch the parade which included some spectacular acts, with sets, elaborate costumes and choreography.
A Mummers’ offshoot got some new blood this year.
On the first morning hours of 2014, the Quaker City String Band’s clubhouse came to life.
Each club gets four minutes and 30 seconds to put on a theatrical production.