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Mummers march as scheduled on New Years Day



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    The Mummers marched down Broad Street as scheduled Friday.

    Parade revelers lined up along Broad Street for the 110th edition of the parade on New Years Day. The costumed bands of comics, string bands and other performers announced early Friday that the annual parade would go on as scheduled despite temps in the upper 30s and low 40s and possible winds.

    The New Years march was in jeopardy after snow and rain on New Years Eve. But, with more cold and wind on the horizon for the weekend, the men (and women) in makeup really had no other choice but to bare the elements on Friday.

    The threat of rain or snow made it a last-minute decision.

    Officials were holding their breaths right up until the last minute, hoping the rain would hold off, said City parade director Leo Dignam.

    Weather wasn't the only hurdle to clear for the Mummers. Money woes had also threatened the parade as the city cut back its financial contributions.

    Earlier this week, the Mummers announced they had agreed to pay $150,000 for parade-related costs.

    Everything got underway at 10 a.m. as the Comics stepped off near Broad Street and Washington Avenue.