Mummers Break Silence on Prostitution Raid

“Absolute and Total Shock”

It’s been a rough week for the Mummers. 

Two members of the Downtowners Fancy Brigade were busted on Tuesday during a prostitution raid at their South Philadelphia clubhouse.

“I have friends in that organization that I know that I’ve spoken to and they are broken-hearted” said former Fancy Brigade captain Bill Burke, Jr.

John Murray and Alfred Sanborn were charged with selling liquor. Ten alleged prostitutes and another man were also arrested. Police say Lawrence Crovetti organized prostitution parties at the clubhouse on the second Tuesday of every month.

"I think it's important that the public realize that this is not what the Mummers are about and this was an aberration, a total aberration" said George Badey, publicity director for the Mummers Association.

"They're totally embarrassed.  And they're a good organization, it's a shame” added  Badey.
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Badey told NBC 10 he expects the issue will be discussed at the next regular association meeting.

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