Monday, January 02, 2017

Mummers Parade 2017

Wow, what a beautiful day! Look at that sky!

It's Spare and me, out with the Two Street Stompers on New Year's Day, brightening up Broad Street in the City of Brotherly Love! Our routine was amazing. At some point I'll be able to upload a video of it, but it hasn't been made public yet.

Our routine went something like this: The Redcoats marched out first, behind Lord Cornwallis. (The tiniest tots carried fifes and drums. It was adorable.) Then the Colonials came marching out behind George Washington to some badass music. Then there was a dance off between the two armies to see who could bust the best move. Then, we ladies -- led by Betsy Ross -- came out to sort things out. To the strains of James Brown ("Living in America') the troops mixed and mingled in an orderly fashion, until the whole unit was all conglomerated. Point being that everyone is welcome in America.

Nice point, don't you think?

Here's a photo of our fighting Colonials. Check out the darling tot.

If you judge a person by the company they keep, here's my posse. Come to your own conclusion.

We had over 200 participants this year. The Two Street Stompers is one of the largest comic brigades. I think I counted seven school buses that we filled in New Jersey for the transit to Philadelphia.

So this parade is a competition. We finished in third place. Today I watched a recording of the entire Comic Division, and I didn't see the two clubs that finished ahead of us. Not every club gets on t.v. If there are commercials while you're performing, it's just the luck of the draw.

You would think, given the current political turmoil, that I wouldn't be in the spirit of a patriotic routine just now. But this did my heart good. This country is just as much mine as anyone else's. I'm an American, proud of it, and I won't back down. I live here, with my opinions that I'm entitled to.

Next year is the 40th anniversary of the Two Street Stompers. I'll be saving my pennies from this day forward. Wouldn't want to miss that!


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Looks like a fab time! You should wear your patriotic mummer's attire for the upcoming Women's March on Washington!

Troy Young said...

What a fun time! Thank you for sharing your pictures and story!

anne marie in philly said...

congrats on taking third place! all y'all had a GREAT day for the parade!

Bob Slatten said...

What a fun parade. I need to see this in person and in all its glory!

mshatch said...

That looks like a fabulous time and yes, this country belongs to all of us!

Jono said...

I miss the Mummer's Parade. :(