Since 1901, the Mummer’s Parade has been an official event in the city of Philadelphia with the origins dating back to the 17th century. Unfortunately, the traditional brightly colored costumes accompanied by celebratory song and dance has also brought with it drunkenness, black face, homophobia, and other problematic behavior.
While the first all-Black Mummers club performed in 1866 and recent years have seen a more inclusive parade that includes Afro-Brazilian and Mexican participants. Many question if Philadelphia should retain this tradition and if it’s possible to make the Mummer’s parade an annual celebration that all Philadelphians can participate in and be proud of.
Join WHYY as we explore the past, present and future of the Mummer’s parade on February 15th at the Mummer’s Museum at 6 pm.