By Rachel Jenkins
It was a perfect day to celebrate Mardi Gras with the Mummers this past Saturday. On an unusually warm and bright winter weekend, thousands of neighbors and families came out to witness one of Philadelphia’s most unique traditions, in the style of New Orleans Mardi Gras. Sixteen string bands brought Main Street to life from Shurs Lane to Green Lane, decked out from head to toe in their colorful, handmade costumes. Local volunteers led each band and formed the “Bucket Brigade,” passing out colorful beads and collecting donations to support the Mummers.
But the celebration didn’t end with the parade. Soon after 1:00, the string bands made their way back to their clubhouses at Bourbon Blue, Castle Roxx, Craft Manayunk, JD McGillicuddy’s, Mad River Bar and Grill, and Smokin’ John’s Barbeque. Parade-goers stuck around for a bite to eat on Main Street as they enjoyed the upbeat music of each clubhouse string band. By the end of the day, the event raised over $25,000 (and counting!) in donations for the Mummers.
Big thanks to all the performers and sponsors who made this special event possible. And of course, thank you to everyone who donated to the Mummers and supported a longstanding Philadelphia tradition. We hope you enjoyed this truly memorable day in Manayunk!
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