THERE are any number of festive New Year’s Day activities and/or celebrations (and/or games) you might enjoy watching on this, the first day of 2007. The ROSE PARADE comes to mind. And it is impressive — for an event that features a bunch of large floats made out of a bigger bunch of flowers. But, if you’ve never seen and/or heard of the MUMMERS PARADE in Philadelphia, PA, you A) ain’t never seen a real parade and, B) are in for a treat.
MUMMING began as a Pagan ritual around 400 BC — and found its way to America (specifically, Philadelphia) back in the 1600’s. The parade became an “official” part of Philly’s New Year’s Day revelry in 1901. From the unbelievable costumes to the precision performances, this street show is a spectacle of unimaginable proportions — made even better by the fact that most of these guys (for it’s strictly a “guy” thing) are cops/firemen by day(ish) — dancing/prancing/struttung muscicians by night(ish). Top secret song selections coupled with tightly choreographed routines and dazzling designer costumes make for fabulous parade fanfare through downtown Philadelphia. And a good time is had by all. Trust us, you live in the area, you turn on the TV first thing in the morning, and you watch this thing all day long. And well into the night. It’s that big — and that awesome.
THE following video features the performance of last year’s first prize winners in the “String Band” division — to see a couple more videos of other performances , CLICK HERE (WPHL–17).
ALONG with wishing you all Happy New Year (one more freaking time), we’d be remiss if we didn’t say Rabbit, Rabbit (at least one freaking time) — what with it being the first of the month, as well as the first of the year. As for that picture, what can we say? Long night + start of a new month/year – patience to find anything more appropriate = cute yawning (or is he singing?) bunny.
*THANKS to that fabulous gal behind those luscious glitter lips, this is Post #1 of what may well be two posts today — assuming one of us (me) doesn’t fall asleep on the couch while watching the last few hours of that Twilight Zone Marathon, and forgets to put it up (don’t worry, won’t happen). So stay tuned, because LBP’s post is not only funny, it has perfect relatability — sweetened with a little “eye candy”, for those of you who appreciate such things…
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