Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dope or Nope

The Mummers .... a Philadelphia tradition ... most outside of Philly have never heard of the Mummers. Here's a brief description of the New Years day parade from Wikipedia: The Mummers Parade is held each New Year's Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Local clubs (usually called "New Years Associations") compete in one of four categories (Comics, Fancies, String Bands, and Fancy Brigades). They prepare elaborate costumes and moveable scenery, which take months to complete. This is done in clubhouses, many of which are located on or near 2nd Street (called "Two Street" by some local residents)in the Pennsport neighborhood of South Philadelphia, which also serve as social gathering places for members.

The parade itself traces itself back to the 1800's ... you can find out more about the parade here:

Parts of the parade are quite beautiful, but much of it is a drunken mess ... and lasts from early morning through the night. My wife loves it ... Me - not so much.

What are your thoughts? Dope or Nope?

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