Mummers vote to strut down Broad Street on Monday

Sunday, December 31, 2017 06:12AM
Mummers vote to strut down Broad Street on Monday. Annie McCormick reports during Action News at 6 p.m. on December 30, 2017.

PHILADELPHIA - Inside the Riverfront Mummers Club House, members are not focusing on weather forecasts, instead they're putting final touches on costumes and props.

Captain of Riverfront Mummers Tom Kelhower said, "We all want to go Saturday, doesn't look any better, it's going to be 25, windy, so I think Monday is a good day."

The decision over whether to play New Year's Day in freezing temperatures came down Saturday afternoon when five divisions of the Mummers Parade cast votes to play New Year's Day or postpone to a future date with a better forecast.

An overall vote of 3-2 in favor of keeping the parade on New Year's means the show will go on.

The city of Philadelphia will provide warming tents along the parade route.

Even though the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association voted no, many members say they are okay with playing in frigid temperatures.

It's not just people and fans they took into consideration, but how the temperatures will affect their instruments too.

Scott Wray, Captain of the Fralinger String Band, said, "When it's not that day it's a little different you know. If it's the week later, it's a whole other week of suspense."

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