Saturday, January 02, 2010

How did I miss the Mummers?

I have lived right across the border from Philadelphia for almost 5 years. Somehow I missed the annual New Years Day Mummers Parade. What is a Mummer, you might ask? "Mummers are costumed entertainers welcoming in the New Year. Some of the earliest mummers date back to early Egypt, pagan Rome and Greece, England, Germany, and France. Historically, Mummery has influenced customs and perpetuated many interesting traditions. Every nation had its festivals at one time or another, each marked by parades and displays of fanciful costumes. All of these cultures passed along their traditions from generation to generation, and eventually these traditions were brought to America by immigrants." I hate parades, but I would totally watch this parade. Seriously, have you ever seen a parade with a stage crew? Ry maintains they should be wearing grey instead of black to blend in with the pavement. We're going to go to this parade in a couple years when the boys are old enough to appreciate it. This band only took 8th place, but it was the first routine I saw and I literally watched it with my mouth gaping. Mummers? Awesome.


Becky said...

Dude. That is all.

Cathy said...

Soo funny that you should remind me! I saw a billboard for this on my way to the airport and Ryan did not explain it to my satisfaction so I was meaning to google it. We will defiantly have to be out there for this one year. Very cool

nana said...

Mummers are cool. I got to see them up close and personal when I worked for Bunge. Bunge had them at one of our conventions. Totally neat.

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