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Mike and Kevin

Our New Year's 2000 Parade Journal: My times may be off a little, I had an hours sleep on New Year's.

4:00 a.m. - Up and getting showered to wake myself up for the pre-parade with Mayor Ed Rendell at 6 a.m.
4:30 a.m. - dressed awoken 3 year old Helen, who promised me she wouldn't cry from being tired, she held thru on her promise.


6 a.m. parade with Kevin and Helen

5:00 a.m. - ran with Helen in the umbrella stroller for 6 blocks to the hall that Bryson's Brigade meets at, we had a 5:15 a.m. bus departure.
5:15 a.m. - been at hall for a few, other members are there and so are the buses.
5:30 a.m. - on the way to 17th and Market Sts. in the bus, I apply white and gold makeup to Helen and Michael, our sponsor who so kindly helped us join the Bryson's.
6:00 a.m. - await the City to begin our mini-parade with the Mayor, who is wearing a gold and white Wench Suit himself.



The beginning of the 6 a.m. parade with Mayor, Kevin and Helen

6:20 a.m. - We are strutting eastboand on Market Streets to "Golden Slippers". Many news media cameras are around. I'm snapping digitals of Helen and her Dad behind the Mayor.
7:00 a.m. - On the bus heading back to South Philly, Front and Moore Sts. All the members are awake now and pyched for the REAL PARADE! Fresh warm pretzels from Federal Bakery await us at the hall, Helen gobbles one down.
7:25 a.m. - After our break, we all gather and begin the walk to Market Sts. It is a 20 something walk block, Helen falls asleep after 8 blocks of sitting in the stroller!
8:?? a.m. - We are on Market St., I radio Kevin to tell him we are there and he walks down to greet us. He worked third shift New Years. We are ushered up to 8th and Market where we wait in line with 6 other brigades that joined for the theme of "1000 Wenches/2000 Golden Slippers



Bryson with large Golden Umbrella

9:?? a.m. - The 8th brigade shows up. We were out of line/late but the brigades all knew that prizes for this would not happen, we were out for FUN. We begin to head up Market St. westbound, although it is very foggy today - City Hall is clear and getting closer! All the fans seemed to love our groups. Many of the members strutted for the audiences, especially the children.
10:?? a.m. - We are at the HALL, the Millenium clock is all zeroed out. All the brigades have begun to stand closer, with hardly any lag spaces between them. All the decades of the 20th Century are out and members hold up the 1910's thru the 1990's. Helen awakes now and transfers from the stroller to Daddy's shoulders


Just a few of the 1000+

We are next in line for the presentation on the West side of City Hall. It is difficult to keep back, the crowd of over 1100 is pushing closer and closer. I never hear the announcement, but the bands all begin to play and the crowd rushes in, strutting. I stay towards the middle of the pack since I'm a Marshall. I watch all around me, I cannot see Kevin or Helen anymore. The members are all strutting, some into the stands, all the way to the top of the bleachers to kiss and strut with the fans that have been waiting. I was told we stayed on for four minutes, which is rather short, this time seemed like an eternity to me and will always. 11:?? - head home to get some rest before the 4:00 meet time on 2nd and Washington for the Two Street parade.

Struttin' in the Stands

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COMMENTS:
Beautiful, Thank you!

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Good Job !!!

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Hello,
The site is great!!! I am thrilled to see it and it is very well done.
Kelly

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My brother and the Mayor are in the same dress.....a woman would have been mortified...not strutting down the street. Leave it to the Philly male wenches to enjoy this fashion statement. :)

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BARB, YOU DID A GREAT JOB. I LOVE THE MUMMERS. MY DAD ALSO MARCHED WITH THE TRILBY STRING BAND IN THE 50`S. SEAN SENT ME YOUR SITE, HELEN

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BARBARA GREAT SITE GOOD JOB! SHADEY BRYSON N.Y.B


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barb- good job hope you enjoyed going out with
the bryson n.y.b mike noto

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Barb you did a great job. Helen well remember this when she grows up and make a memorie page of her own. Can't wait until next year and we do it all over again.GO COMICS . KATHY

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I LUV THE MUMMERS!!! u guys r gr8 and did a gr8 job with this site


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I Love it Great Site! Love the Bryson Coverage! The Big Umberella is My Dad Michael "Gootchie" Bryson.
JoAnne (Bryson) N.Y.B.

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great job, I wish I was there. This was the first parade I was not a part of. Thanks for letting me know what i missed! Christine (former strutter)nice pick of my uncle Gootch!

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riverfront mummers have the best band on 2st yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa riverfront #1

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I'm sorry but Riverfront dont have the best band, did you ever hear froggy carr's band they are the best!! Go Froggy!!

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GREAT SITE ENJOYED YOUR STORY. PUTS A VERY REAL PERSONAL TOUCH
THANKS

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riverfront does have a better band then, froggy carr, they were once 1 big band but then they split up to 2 bands, and yea i did hear froggy carrs band, but riverfronts is better

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the last pic in here is a picture of riverfront and ther band, thats kenny playin the horn, riverfront mummers, 105 days left, i cant wait yesssssssssssssssssss

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From what I read above it sounds like parade is on Market St. Please say it ain't so. I'm sure hoping it is on Broad St. No longer a resident but still a mummer at heart.

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JUST A NOTE TO SAY HI I GREW UP IN PHILLY AREA AND MOVED OUT WEST 5 YRS AGO...THE THING I MISS MOST IS THE MUMMERS PARADE ON NEW YEARS MORNING WITH HOT CHOCOLATE AND PRETZELS KEEP STRUTTIN'

LORRE GILLESPIE PHOENIX,AZ

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Great site! Beautiful pictures. Loved the journal. Have been a fan of Mummers Parades for over 50 yrs.

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Being from Philly all my life and recently moving from there I miss the parade greatly and I will always have teary eyed memories of the 43 yuears i spent new years day watching the parade
Fred Enough4her@hotmail.com

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hi my name is terri fallen from the juniata comic club, the first year i was in the parade was 2000 and it was the greatest , my first parade , i cannot wait to next year , this year i was very ill, tim mc shea is the president and a wondarful person , i admire him what he does, well to go comics, i love you all terri fallen

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Love all the mummers in philadelphia keep up the goodwork for this years parade eddie spaghetti in sunny florida stewburner@ gulf.net

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Good job. U look ugly!!!!!!!!!!!!!Great.....

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they were good....but froggy stole the show this year hahaha
Kevin Casey - Froggy Carr


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Froggy Carr forever!!!

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froggy carr rules 2002

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froggy carr is the best. . . . . . . mikey t

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froggy carr rules and so does sacred heart mikey townsend

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great. best show I have ever seen. Thanks you.

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AAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!!!! Pirates Club.

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how could I get a tape of the paarade, are there any commercially available. shars place@nu-z.net

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WOW

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Get it back on Broad Street!

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froggy carr the greatest club, but riverfront happy to strut next you guys any day , r i p jamie daiz, youll be missed, froggs never die kid. christmas is a day for fun, but new years baby thats number 1, new years eve i can bearly sleep, can't wait to move my feet, i found my heaven on second street

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Your site is a great prelude to all the wonderful experiences I intend to discover on New Year's day!!! See you on the Street!!! Happy New year's 2003!!!

Janet

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yo......... you guy's need spme picture's of frggy
WHO DAT WHO DAT WHO DAT FROGGY CARR

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The sperit of the prade will always be on Broad Street. Put it back were it belongs. Stop trying to fix something that is not broke.

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i go out with the pirates and i love this website it gives people a chance to know what the mummers parade is all about.

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nice site good site i go out with the pirates

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