Sunday, December 31, 2017

It's Mummer Time.

Happy New Year's Eve! In Philadelphia, January 1 is more Mummers Day than New Year's Day.

What's a Mummer?

What type of Mummer is MFD? 
He's in The Joseph A. Ferko String Band. The String Bands are the last division to perform and Ferko goes up seventh out of 16 string bands. Their theme is We're Off to Neverland.

They are supposed to be on TV around 2 but the parade is typically running behind (live stream link below), so start checking in a little before 2 if you specifically want to see them or a little earlier if you want to catch all the string bands - it's quite a production with the music and the costumes and props; and a time honored tradition to put a good show out on the street on New Year's Day.

Today is MFD's 30th parade. Best of luck to him & Ferko and all of our framily in other bands.

For a guide of the 2018 parade, visit

Guide & street closures:

To stream live - you cannot use Internet Explorer as your browser:

Coverage begins at 9 am. Stringbands are on a lot later.

To catch some shots on Instagram:
Philly Mummers String Band Association (@phillymummerssba

I have a cold and am not braving the cold, but I will post a pic of MFD so you know what type of costume to look for if you watch the live stream (@lifeaccordingtosteph). These temps are nuts so you’re better off on the couch anyway.



  1. One of my friends at Penn was doing an "overheard in NJ" about the Mummers on Facebook yesterday... and I felt completely cool to be in the know. LOL Excited to see the costume tomorrow!


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