Philadelphia native or not, love of civic tradition runs high on Penns campusor so the Current found out when we asked, Mummers. Good or bad? Sequined costumes, painted faces, choreographed struts and of course the string bandsyou find it all delightful. Doesnt everyone like to have something they call their very own?
MELISSA M. COLEMAN
Associate Director, Development & Alumni Relations
School of Social Work
Im a big fan of the Mummers Parade. Its a great Philadelphia tradition. I have some cousins that [were] also in itI think its Hog Island, which is one of the fancy [costume] brigadesand I just think its a wonderful tradition that Philadelphia can call its own.
ROSEMARY A. KLUMPP
Staff Assistant to the Dean, School of Social Work
I love the Mummers. Theyre part of Philadelphias history. Theyre wonderful, they practice art. I had a nephew who was in one of the string bands that competed for many years Theyre part of Philadelphia, just like William Penn, and City Hall, and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Academic Assistant, Landscape Architecture
[Whispering, in a really conspiratorial way] Ive never been to one [Mummers Parade].
Program Coordinator, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
Its a Philadelphia tradition. Its a unique sound.
Executive Secretary to the Dean, Graduate School of Fine Arts
I think the Mummers Parade is a very festive event, and we should celebrate it.
Manager of International Programs, Graduate School of Education
I used to go to the parade. The last time I was there it was still a 12-hour event. I dont go anymore because I have a dog who wont stand still in the crowd. But Im all for the Mummers.
Administrator Coordinator of International Programs, Graduate School of Education
Ive never been to one. Im new to Philly. Ive heard a lot about it and think its an interesting concept.
Associate director for executive and continuing education, Graduate School of Education
[Giggles] They are Philadelphia hokey. [Pause] And that makes them good.
Eden Lin and Trinh Tran
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Originally published on January 16, 2003