A spectacle of colour and music - Philadelphia Mummers Parade

@JudyEv (325345)
Rockingham, Australia
April 1, 2024 8:30pm CST
Vince came across some great YouTube videos showing the Philadelphia Mummers Parades which have been held in that city continuously since 1901. I’d heard of the term ‘mummers’ but knew little about them. The tradition is centuries old and incorporates a mix of practices which originated in ancient Egypt, Britain and Scandinavia. The first documented Mummer-like parade occurred in 1778 as a farewell send off to the British. In 1808, the antics and tom-foolery of the mummers led to masquerading being declared a public nuisance. However, those comprising the mummers – tradesmen, farmers, craftsmen, etc – outnumbered those offended by the practice and the parades continued. Wikipedia says over 15,000 people now march on New Year’s Day and the costumes are fantastic. There are four groups in the parades – Comic, Fancy, Fancy Brigade and String Band. Photo from Wikimedia courtesy Carol M Highsmith. Has a MyLotter ever seen this parade or have anything to add? We watched the groups for ages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBGP5knUVI8
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@AmbiePam (85290)
• United States
3 Apr
When the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl a few years ago, the face of their franchise (their center) wore a Mummer outfit. It was quite impressive. By the way, look what I got today (for free). I had the option in selecting a fairly expensive plate, and I chose this one because it reminded me of all your beautiful horse pictures.
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@AmbiePam (85290)
• United States
3 Apr
@JudyEv I haven’t received it yet, but when I get it I’ll look and let you know. I know it’s a horse that was bred in England. I’m really excited to get it, and I couldn’t wait to show you.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Apr
Oh wow! What a lovely thought and what a beautiful plate! I have a couple of Franklin Mint plates but they don't compare to this one. Do you know who the horse is? It might be on the back.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Apr
@AmbiePam And I can't wait to see if the horse is named! lol
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@snowy22315 (169626)
• United States
2 Apr
I haven't seen it, but have heard of it.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Apr
I was amazed to see the incredible costumes some of the groups had.
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@RebeccasFarm (86511)
• United States
2 Apr
Never. I had never even heard of the Mummers Judy. They certainly put on a great show though, so colorful. I am watching the video now. Now look at that!
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Apr
The costumes were really eye-catching. The music was great too. A lot of old traditional tunes too.
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@LadyDuck (457412)
• Switzerland
2 Apr
I have heard of ‘mummers’ , but I did not know of this beautiful Parade. Those costumes are awesome.
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@LadyDuck (457412)
• Switzerland
3 Apr
@JudyEv I fully agree, I am sure there are more YouTube videos to enjoy.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Apr
The groups really go all out with their costumes. And the music really swings along.
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@JESSY3236 (18885)
• United States
2 Apr
Never heard of it, but it looks like fun. I was in two parades with my high school band. One of those parades was televised and I was on tv (not national just local).
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@JESSY3236 (18885)
• United States
9 Apr
@JudyEv a clarinet.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
10 Apr
@JESSY3236 I'm sure the parades were fun.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Apr
That would have been exciting. What instrument did you play?
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@arunima25 (85265)
• Bangalore, India
2 Apr
I have never heard of it. That does look so colourful. I am going to watch the YouTube videos.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Apr
I hope you enjoy seeing them. I'm pretty sure you will.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Apr
@arunima25 I'm glad you enjoyed it. I thought they were wonderful.
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@arunima25 (85265)
• Bangalore, India
4 Apr
@JudyEv I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing. My daughter also liked it. She likes to watch colourful costumes. So, I chose to watch with her
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@jstory07 (134281)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 Apr
Very interesting. I would like to see that in person.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Apr
The string bands we saw in the clips were very colourful and really had your feet tapping.
@wolfgirl569 (94778)
• Marion, Ohio
2 Apr
I had never heard of that
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Apr
I had a vague idea about them. These parades would be stupendous to watch.
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@RasmaSandra (73196)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
2 Apr
I have never heard about this, Thank you for the information and link,
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Apr
The clips we watched made us want to get up and dance.
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@just4him (305507)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Apr
I've heard the term but knew nothing about them. Thanks for sharing.
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@just4him (305507)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Apr
@JudyEv Yes, they are colorful.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Apr
We were a bit stunned to see how colourful they were. Especially as we knew nothing about them.
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@LindaOHio (155562)
• United States
2 Apr
I've never seen the parades but I've heard of them. Have a good day.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Apr
i think they would be awesome to watch.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
2 Apr
I'm so glad to learn about this parade. I've never watched them before. Thank you for sharing the YouTube link.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Apr
The music was really lovely to listen to and made you want to get up and dance with them.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
3 Apr
@JudyEv yes. I like their uniforms too
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@Beestring (13275)
• Hong Kong
2 Apr
I have never heard of the mummers. I just watched the YouTube video. It was fantastic.
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@JudyEv (325345)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Apr
Aren't they amazing? So much colour and vibrancy!
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