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Philadelphia breaks the Guinness World Record for longest Soul Train-style line : Nearly 600 people turned out yesterday so that Philadelphia could break the Guinness World Record for longest Soul Train-style line. Mayor Nutter paid tribute to the late Don Cornelius and the late Whitney Houston, and then kicked things off at about 4:30 p.m., dancing alongside Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Congressman Bob Brady and Sheriff Jewell Williams. The record was (unofficially) broken at 5:45 p.m. as 327 people danced the length of the Art Museum’s pavement, beating the current record of 211 held by NYC. (The Guinness folks still have to verify.)

Philadelphia breaks the Guinness Worl...

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

Nearly 600 people turned out yesterday so that Philadelphia could brea ...

Updated: Apr 14, 2014 6:37pm PST

Mummers Parade 2011 in Philadelphia, PA : Mummers tradition dates back to 400 BC and the Roman Festival of Saturnalias where Latin laborers marched in masks throughout the day of satire and gift exchange.  This included Celtic variations of “trick-or-treat” and Druidic noise-making to drive away demons for the new year.  Reports of rowdy groups “parading” on New Years day in Philadelphia date back before the revolution.  Prizes were offered by merchants in the late 1800′s.  January 1, 1901 was the first “official” parade offered about $1,725 in prize money from the city.

The Mummers parade is a celebration of the New Year but is serious business in Philadelphia.  Clubs work on the costumes and practice all year for their one day in the sun (…wind, rain or snow).  There are many lively discussions over the scoring by the judges and adherence to the complicated set of rules the marchers must follow when being judged.  String Bands are judged on their musical presentation as well as the costumes.  Seeing and hearing a String Band performing live in the parade is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Comic clubs tradition from ancient Greek god Momus who was the personification of mockery, blame, ridicule, scorn, raillery and stinging criticism.  Momus was expelled from heaven for his/her criticisms and ridicule of the gods.  The comic clubs continue to raise controversy over these themes they use in the parade that make fun of current issues and news stories such as issues involving religion, ethnicity, and feminism.  Many Mummers parade controversies over polices, such as the exclusion of women and the use of black-face, lasted many years.

The outdoor parade was postponed in 2003, the first time in 13 years .  There have been 22 weather-related postponements  since 1922.  There was no parade in 1919 due to WW1 and in 1934 due to the depression and the lack of prize money.

Mummers Parade 2011 in Philadelphia, PA

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

Mummers tradition dates back to 400 BC and the Roman Festival of Satur ...

Updated: Mar 15, 2014 2:49pm PST

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Robert Pagni

Updated: Sep 26, 2013 5:39pm PST

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stillalive

Updated: Aug 03, 2013 1:04pm PST

24 hours in September 2010 in Philly, PA : we started for a bike ride to Old Center City where Jeff decided he wanted to see the Liberty Bell...It was quiet and no line so I told him to scoot on through it and I'd watch the bikes...conveniently right next to a carriage horse...of course..well it was a good thing because all of the school kids starting arriving...then we were off to Penn's Landing and a pass by the new Sugarhouse Casino...then back through City Hall to where the Ratha-Yatra Parade was staging...then the Mann for fireworks and their last performance of the season with the new music director...the next day Jeff went ti work and  I started off for a bike ride and got caught in the rain...

24 hours in September 2010 in Philly, PA

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

we started for a bike ride to Old Center City where Jeff decided he wa ...

Updated: Aug 02, 2013 11:51am PST