You know how it is, right?
When you live in an area your entire life,
but miss out on some aspect relevant to where you live.
Enter: The Mummers
|South Philadelphia String Band|
If you have never heard of them,
then you are not from Philadelphia.
|Quaker City String Band|
The Mummers parade each New Year's Day in Philadelphia -
the highlight being the costumed string bands.
But, I had never been to a New Year's Day Mummer's Parade.
|Duffy String Band|
Being German, we were too busy
wishing ourselves good luck with
our pork and sauerkraut New Year's Day Dinners.
|Fralinger String Band|
having a New Year's Eve baby
the day became a family birthday celebration.
|Ferko String Band|
So after half a century I have finally experienced
the pageantry of the Mummer's string bands.
|Aqua String Band|
In order to offset costs,
the string bands now have a fundraising parade in Manayunk each year.
This was the second year
and it was on a day I could attend -
finally getting to experience the Philly string bands
in all their glory.
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