Ahh the Mummers. I just got up and turned it on in time to watch some of the Comic Divisions. I’m still learning about this crazy event that didn’t make sense to me until I saw it in person last year. I’ve been here for almost 5 years now and heard all about it every year. I even turned it on a few years ago and was a little freaked out when I saw the men in outlandish costumes. I think I only saw the comic division on the TV. For those of you that haven’t been, or seen, or don’t have a clue what I am talking about, head on out to watch a little.

How it works is that there are 3 different groups of Mummers(Comics, Fancies, and String). They mostly start down on Oregon and wind up at City Hall to be judged. From my limited understanding there are a few main clubs within the divisions and within those clubs there are further brigades that have different themes.

Think Mardi Gras with it’s clubs that will have a specific float or theme, same with the Mummers. The Comics do crazy odd and humorous skits…Right now there is a man in a cat outfit dancing to “I’m too sexy for my cat” I don’t know the exact number but there seems to be a bunch.

The Fancies are next and they are the ones that look pretty I guess you could say. I was afraid of them when I saw them on TV, but they are a lot of fun to watch in person.

The string band is last and in my opinion the most fun. The ones I saw last year had a 20 min skit, full of music, different themes, dancing.

There are points along Broad when they stop and do their skit. I saw it last year at Washington. I highly recommend heading out today to take a look.

Happy New Years!!

2 Comments so far

  1. Andrea (unregistered) on January 1st, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    There are 4 divisions: you forgot about the Famcy Brigades (they are different from the Fancies). They are the clubs that now perform at the convention center. They used to follow the string bands in the line of march on Broad Street. They will be shown on Channel 57 at 8 pm tonight. We’re taping it for my dad and brother, who march with one of the brigades.

  2. christal (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

    Is is possible to get a copy of the mummers parade as televised? I live in texas now but grew up watching on tv. This year I was finally able to go in person. I was a total blast!! Now I am wanting to see the Parade as I remember seeing it as a kid. The color commentary and the drama of the judged performance. If anyone has any ideas that would be wonderful. Thanks cas

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