Mummers Parade Could Be Shortened By 60%


Photo: Michael Bryant, for The Inquirer

Photo: Michael Bryant, for The Inquirer

  • The organizers of the Mummers Parade are considering changes to the traditional route from Oregon Avenue to City Hall, notes The Inquirer. Although plans won’t be finalized for another month, the thinking as of now has units organizing on the Parkway, being judged at City Hall (so as to disabuse mummers from performance anxiety), proceeding down South Broad only as far as Washington, and then wrapping up by dinner time. The shortened parade, while saving the City on policing costs, stands as a tacit admission that the demographics of “the heart of South Philadelphia” have changed. “All those Mummers marching up south of Washington are really marching to nobody now,” muses deputy commissioner for parks and recreation Leo Dignam.
  • NewsWorks looks at the Snyder House, a 40-bed transitional living facility for veterans in South Philly. Christopher Mote reported last year on the federal government’s reuse plans for the 1911 Baptist Institute for Christian Workers (then being used as a daycare), plans that by that point had already been delayed a year. The physical difficulties in updating the building delayed completion further, with the Snyder House only opening a month ago. The “one-of-a-kind program is part of a push by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reinvent its residential programs.” The estimated 45 days that veterans will spend here focus on the development of social and emotional coping skills through a holistic, individualized approach.
  • By workweek’s end, Philadelphia will have its first Shepard Fairey mural. Perhaps best known for creating the iconic stencil “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama used in the 2008 campaign, Fairey and his team will unveil Lotus Diamond by this Friday by Frankford Hall. “This is the first of two scheduled projects that Shepard will do with [the Mural Arts Program] in the coming year.”
  • PennDOT announced yesterday that work will begin Monday on a $6.6 million renovation of the Spring Garden bridge, reports Philadelphia magazine. Completely funded by the Commonwealth, the work—to “resurface the deck, replace expansion joints and other bridge parts, improve drainage and paint it”—is expected to be finished come next summer.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. I have a cousin who use to march in the Mummers’ parade. Maybe she still does! Toni was the first female to ever march in one of these. She is a very talented musician and I am sorry I lost contact with her.

  2. Fairey already installed two murals in Philly back in 2010. This isn’t even the first Fairey mural in Fishtown.

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