City: Mummers Parade a go, even with budget woes

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - December 5, 2009

But it's not clear who will pay for it.

That's the message from Philadelphia City Hall after a meeting Friday between city officials and the Mummers Association.

Budget woes are prompting the city to cut its $336,000 donation toward prize money. The clubs say they need it to finance their elaborate feather-and-sequined costumes.

The parade is a New Year's Day tradition in Philadelphia and features string bands, comics and other performers.

The city is also starting to charge parade groups for police, clean-up and other costs.

City Representative Melanie Johnson says negotiations with the Mummers will continue as long as needed.

But she insists the show will go on.

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