Mummers and Strutters march on
This year, the Mummers Parade route was shortened to save costs. Participation in the parade itself dropped from 12,000 to 8,000. Interestingly enough, the Mummers parade route was only a third of the length of previous years for two reasons, to quicken up the procession and to cut the cost of overtime paid to police along the route.
But money seems to be the issue in both cases; make that that lack of it. In Philadelphia, the oldest troupe in the parade, the Original Trilby String Band, sat out this year because of lack of money. Some of the marching groups in the Mummer's parade are becoming non-profits in order to apply for grant money.
This year's Strut seemed more lively to me, there seemed to be many more spectators than in previous years and even though the marching groups were less than previous years, that may have helped with the liveliness and speed of the parade, which didn't have as much lagging time as in previous years. I'm always amazed at how they raise the money each year to put on the Strut, without much, if any help, from the city.
I guess the Mummers Parade and the Strut are live things and will always be changing.
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