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Each year, there is a festival leading up to the parade called MummersFest.

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The whole parade, at close to eleven hours, may have been the longest parade in the U. Prizes are awarded for floats, groups, brigades, couples, original costume, original character, and juvenile. Dating a nutritionist often gently parody current events and traditional life.

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Bob Brady helped secure funding for the event in the final hours. With the parade they spent months preparing for finished, the Mummers let loose and celebrate. For various reasons, the parade was moved again to Market Street in Local residents and others in the area for the parade crowd the local bars, clubhouses and sidewalks, sometimes joining in the unofficial parade.

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17 and 29 year old datingthe Fancy Brigades returned to the parade. President George Washington carried on the official custom of New Year's Day calls during the seven years he occupied President's House in Philadelphia. Judges systematically discriminated against black clubs, however, and the last, the Octavius Catto Club, withdrew after receiving last place in the parade.

As they assimilated to Philadelphia, many immigrant groups have joined the tradition.

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Numerous Irish immigrants and Irish-Americans from South Philadelphia became involved in the Mummers Parade as both Mummers performers and parade goers.

The comics typically start the parade. Small groups of up to twenty mummers, their faces blackened, went door to door, shooting and shouting, and adapting the English Mummer's play by replacing the character of "King George" with that of "General Washington.

A city policy officially banned blackface, [18] [39] but some groups have continued to wear blackface into the 21st century over growing protests. Swedes and Finnsthe first European colonists in the Philadelphia area, brought the custom of visiting neighbors on "Second Day Christmas" December 26 with them to Tinicum.

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Inthe parade was moved back to Broad Street. After construction was completed, the parade returned to Broad Street from to Byonly one African American mummer, Willis Fluelling, remained.

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Most charge annual dues for membership. The Mummers continued their traditions of comic verse in exchange for cakes and ale.

By the early 19th century, these coalesced with earlier Swedish customs, including the Christmas neighbor visits and possibly shooting firearms on New Year's Day although this was common in other countries as well as well as the Pennsylvania German custom of "belsnickling," where adults in disguise questioned children about their behavior during the previous year.

This multi-block party continues well into the night or early morning, with some Mummers not sleeping for twenty-four hours straight.

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The comic clubs are. The earliest documented club, the Chain Gang, had formed in and Golden Crown first marched in with cross-town rivals Silver Crown forming soon after.

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The comic "wenches" and other female roles in most skits are typically performed by men in drag. Inthe Fancy Brigades were moved to the Pennsylvania Convention Centerallowing for larger sets, but limiting audience size.

The all African American Golden Eagle Club, formed inhad members in the parade, for example.


After the judging, the mummers will join the parade heading south on Broad St. The first cancellation happened in as a result of the aftermath of World War I and the second cancellation occurred in due to the effects of the Great Depression and a lack of prize money.

This was soon extended through New Year's Day with costumed celebrants loudly parading through the city.

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