Sunday, January 1, 2023

Mummers Day 2023

Happy New Year! Or Mummer's Day in Philadelphia. 

What's a Mummer?

What type of Mummer is MFD? 
For those who missed it last year, MFD is back with his first/family band, Uptown String Band (formerly Harrowgate) that he joined in 1989, which is now conveniently located directly across the street from my brother & Aubrey's house so I'll be heading over for the after party from there. Uptown is fifth out of 14 string bands. Their theme is Safari So Good and MFD will be looking like a zebra. This pic is from Evan - who needs a photographer? Evan Leslie Images is it

Stringband themes and order of march: Stringbands usually start around 12:30 or 1 on TV.

Uptown is supposed to be on TV around 2:10  so start checking in around 2 to see where they are schedule-wise 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. REMEMBER TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE, PARADE SOMETIMES RUNS BEHIND. 

This parade is MFD's 33nd parade (no parade in 2021). I hope everyone has fun, stays healthy, and no one is an asshole. Cheers to our friends in other bands!

The parade is NOT on Channel 17 this year like it's been for the past 30 years. Here's how to watch:
TV: MeTV - Philadelphia Area
Comcast/Xfinity: 2 | 802
Verizon FiOS: 2 | 502
I have a Roku smart TV so I added the MeTV channel (69) and am watching it live

Uptown Captain Stephen Caldwell explaining how to watch in video

Coverage begins at 9 am. String Bands are on a lot later. Uptown should be on just after 2. 

Cheers! Happy New Year!

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