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.
The trip is exodus from recent sadness.
At MummerFest, fans can see the Fancy Brigades practice and can get a look at some of the costumes, props and floats.
The final result of the Mummers Parade is a dazzling array of color and sound.
The big event will take place on New Year’s Day.
“You can only get this in Philadelphia,” says mayor Michael Nutter, “but it’s also the oldest continuous folk festival in the world.”