The Mummers have taken over the streets of Philadelphia for the longest running tradition of folk parade in the country and will revival any drag show!!!!The New Year’s Day parade is a 118 year, unique Philadelphia tradition that is pure fun, enjoyment, and folk art, and has withstood the test of time because of the strength of the diverse communities the mummers represent. This year is especially nice because the first ever drag queen brigade will be in the parade called, Miss Fancy Brigade headed up by Philadelphia legend Brittany Lynn. This truly is a great city!!!! A spectacle to behold for sure........
Another part of the Mummers tradition is a song that was wrote over 130 years ago!
Most people probably have never heard the name James A. Bland. But if you live in Philadelphia, you've heard at least one of his songs. "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers" — a tune Bland wrote in 1879 — is the unofficial anthem of the Mummers Parade and many of the string bands. It's played every year at the start of the New Year's Day parade. In his time, Bland was a popular songwriter and minstrel performer. Unfortunately Bland wrote nearly 700 songs and got credit for about 30 of them. The international showman eventually lost his fame and fortune when Vaudeville music became popular and pushed minstrel shows to the sidelines, but not before Bland made his mark on the music and culture of Philadelphia. James A. Bland spent his later years in obscurity. He died from tuberculosis May 5, 1911, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bland was buried in an unmarked grave without a funeral at Merion Memorial Park, Bala Cynwyd. In 1939, his grave was found by American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and his grave was landscaped and a monument was erected, as well as a new exhibit in the Mummer's Museum, who thankfully keep his music alive.
Filmed at Marconi Plaza, Philadelphia, at the beginning of the Mummers Parade a couple years ago.
My favorite performance from last year. Quaker City String Band. And just how adorable is Captain Jimmy Goode?
We've been watching all day, as it is literally a all day event ending at 10:30 tonight. Now to get my pork and sauerkraut in.....for added good luck!
HAPPY NEW YEAR POSSUM'S!!!