Well, it is that time of year. The very best of Philadelphia traditions, the Mummers Parade, will take place in just 35 days.
As I do every year, I am starting this thread to discuss the times, locations and best way to appreciate and watch the parade.
I would like to KINDLY ask that some basic rules of civility be adhered to.
* This is not a MUMMERS SUCK! thread. Please feel free to start your own thread where you bash the parade. I might post in it!
* This is a happy thread. If stories come up about the parade in the news, post it. Otherwise, I would ask that we stay on subject.
* While I welcome information regarding the Comics, Fancies and Fancy Brigades, the main concentration will be on enjoying the parade as a whole, and the string bands specifically. The string bands are the heart and soul of the parade. We are the show.
* If any newbies have questions about the parade, please post them in here, send me a PM or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (put Mummers in the subject line so I know to get to it faster.)
This is the list for the Order of March for the String Bands. The numbers in parenthesis is last year's prize.
1. Greater Overbrook (15)
2. Durning (13)
3. Trilby (17)
4. Broomall (16)
5. South Philadelphia (3)
6. Hegeman (6)
7. Woodland (1)
8. Aqua (8)
9. Uptown (11)
10. Polish American (10)
11. Avalon (7) MY BAND!!!!
12. Ferko (4)
13. Greater Kensington (9)
14. Quaker City (2)
15. Duffy (14)
16. Pennsport (12)
17. Fralinger (5)
I will provide more info on the themes each band is doing as we get closer to New Year's.
The Mummers Parade is the most unique and best of Philly traditions. I hope all of you enojy it as much as I enjoy being in it.