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Mummers Strut New Route in This Year's Parade

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    Thousands came out on New Year's Day to watch a Philadelphia tradition - The Mummers Parade. A new year brought a new route for the parade, which did not sit well with some. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez reports. (Published Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015)

    The Mummers strutted down Broad Street this year in a new route for the 114-year-old folk parade, breaking tradition by skipping South Philadelphia all together.

    The elaborately-costumed performers marched on a shortened route from City Hall down to Washington Avenue, where South Philly begins. The new course was put in place amid declining participation from members and increased costs.

    Parade participation has declined from 12,000 performers in 2001 to about 8,000 this year, according to organizers. Some brigades were forced to step aside because of a lack of funds.

    Some two dozen residents protested the route change by demonstrating at Broad and Oregon streets, one of the intersections that was removed from the parade route.

    Still, the Philadelphia tradition dazzled spectators for another year with lots of people lining up to cheer on the Mummers donning 'dem golden slippers.

    Murray took home first place in the Comic Division. Riverfront was top of the Wenches.

    In the Fancy Division, which now only consists of one club, Golden Sunrise won by default.

    Fralinger played their way into first place among the String Bands in that division. Quaker City and Woodland came in second and third respectively.

    And among the Fancy Brigades, the South Philly Vikings bested the Bill McIntyre's Shooting Stars for first place.

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