On New Year’s Day this year I was fortunate to be a part of the Mummers Day Parade, a Philadelphia tradition over one hundred years old. Wikipedia has a pretty comprehensive history, but it doesn’t do the tradition any justice. To see huge groups of blue collar South Philly guys dressed up in crazy elaborate sequined outfits, all dancing around and showing off is a really strange and wonderful experience.
A String band in the Mummers Parade
I got involved in the parade because my roommates Hannah and Travis were both in the parade as part of the Vaudevillains New Years Brigade, who are based out of a studio space called Space 1026. They’ve only been in the parade for three years, but they put on a great show. This year they chose a food theme in which everyone made awesome costumes dressed up as all sorts of food. They also choreographed a big dance number that they performed in front of city hall for a local TV station.
You can see me in the flannel shirt with a camera trying to get out of the way at the start of the video. I took pictures, and also drove the sound/beer truck for most of the parade. It was hilarious, creeping along at 2 mph while music blared and a bunch of various food items danced around me.
Anyway, some pictures. More at my picasa album.
Again, check out the rest of the photos on my Picasa page. All in all, a really good time, looking forward to next year!
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