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O, Dem Golden Slippers

The unofficial theme song of the Mummers Parade, it was written by the African-American Philadelphian James A. Bland in 1879.  The Mummers parade initially prohibited African Americans from participating in the parade and used white people in black face which was banned by the City in 1964.  Ironically, Bland had trouble obtaining work in the USA because white in blackface were favored for minstrel shows.

 

Oh my golden slippers am laid away,
Kase I don’t ‘spect to wear ‘em till my weddin’ day,
And my long-tail’d coat, dat I lov’d so well,
I will wear up in de chariot in de morn.

An my long, white robe dat I bought last June,
I’m gwine to git changed kase it fits too soon,
An de old grey hoss dat I used to drive,
I will hitch him to de chariot in de morn.

Refrain

Oh, dem golden slippers!
Oh, dem golden slippers!
Golden slippers I’m gwine to wear,
Becase dey look so neat.

Oh, dem golden slippers!
Oh, dem golden slippers!
Golden slippers I’se gwine to wear,
To walk de golden street.

Oh, my ole banjo hangs on de wall,
Kase it ain’t been tuned since way last fall,
But de darks all say we will hab a good time,
When we ride up in de chariot in de morn.

Dar’s ole Brudder Ben and Sister Luce,
Dey will telegraph de news to Uncle Bacco Juice,
What a great camp-meetin’ der will be dat day,
When we ride up in de chariot in de morn.

Refrain

So, it’s good bye, children, I will have to go
Whar de rain don’t fall or de wind don’t blow,
And yer ulster coats, why, yer will not need,
When yer ride up in de chariot in de morn.

But yer golden slippers must be nice and clean,
And yer age must be just sweet sixteen,
And yer white kid gloves yer will have to wear,
When yer ride up in de chariot in de morn.

Refrain
 

MummersFest

Mummersfest has been cancelled this year

 

The MummersFest is an interactive event at the Convention Center.  It is several days the week between Chrstmas and New Year.  It includes a behind-the-scenes look at Mummery, try on costumes, learn to do the Mummer’s Strut, and watch the Fancy Brigades practice their routines with props and music in a full-scale rehearsal.  Only the costumes are kept secret for the big January 1 reveal.   Tickets can be purchased at the door or comcasttix.com

Mummers Fest

Joining the Mummers

There is no central place to join the Mummers.  Each club recruits their own members so contacting clubs directly is the way to start.  A list of club contacts is at http://phillymummers.com/contact.htm. The Mummers Museum may also be able to provide more information.  Keep in mind that joing a club is usually a year-round commitment. 

Summer Mummers

During the Summer the Mummers concerts are held at the Mummers Museum. 

May June July August September
         
7th – Quaker City 4th – Woodland 2nd -Irish American 6th – Avalon 3 – No Concert
14th – G. Overbrook 11th- Hegeman 9th – No Concert 13th – Broomall 10th – Ferko
21st – Durning 18th – Fralinger 16th – G. Kensington 20th – No Concert 17th – South Philly
28th – Duffy 25th – Uptown 23rd – Aqua 27th- Polish American 24th – Hardly Ables
    30th – Trilby  

 

Mummers Show of Shows

The Show of Shows String Band Mummers performance is Saturday February 28, 2009 in Atlantic City.  At Boardwalk Hall (The old Atlantic City Covention Center on the Boardwalk, one of largest auditoriums in the world when it opened in 1929).  2 shows, 12 noon and 5 PM.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/16684/

 

Contact Mummers.com

Contact Mummers.com – parade at mummers.com

Mummers.com PO Box 1860 Ocean City, NJ 08226

Mummers Museum

The Mummers Museum opened in 1976. The museum houses a rich collection of Mummers’ paraphernalia and memorabilia, including spectacular costumes, a few of which date back to the turn of the 20th Century. It includes an on-site gift shop offering unique mummers products, an online store accessible from this website, and a luxurious banquet hall which is available for rental. The museum conducts interesting programs for both children and adults, and offers complimentary outdoor string band concerts during periods of mild weather.

Parade Tickets

Outdoor Bleacher Seats near City Hall

Tickets for the outdoor portion of the parade (City Hall Bleachers) can be purchased at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market (215-965-7676 or 800-537-7676) or at Fairmount Park Welcome Center, 16th & JFK Boulevard, 215-683-0246 and the tickets are $19.00 each.

Indoor Shows in Convention Center

Family Show at 12 Noon – Calling all fun-loving groups and families! The New Year’s celebration gets started at 11:30 a.m., with a meet-n-greet with the Fancy Brigades. Snap pictures with performers on the show floor, and get in step with the merrymaking in a Giant Mummers Strut. Then catch the Mummers matinee at noon, with 4 ½-minute performances by each of the 11 competing Fancy Brigades. You’re in for a spectacular 2 ½-hour show.

Fancy Brigade Judged Show at 5:00 p.m. Fancy Brigades put on the ritz for top performance honors in the day’s second show, the judged competition, at 5:00 p.m. Prizes are awarded based on judges’ reviews of choreography and costumes, with an overall winner and captain chosen. Of course, after all the mingling earlier at MummersFest, you’re sure to have your own favorites.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the Fancy Brigade Finale and MummersFest can be purchased online at comcasttix.com or by calling 1-800-298-4200 for $20 per ticket. Two show times are available: 12 noon or 5:00 p.m.

A discounted rate of $18 is available for blocks of 25 tickets or more.

Two complimentary tickets are included for groups of 45 or more.

ADDITIONAL WEB LINKS
www.philadelphiausa.travel/mummers

CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott Brown
Tourism Manager
856-832-7244
[email protected]

 

Parade Grandstand Tickets can be Purchased for $19 at:

  • The Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market or
  • at the Fairmount Park Visitor center at Love Park or
  • call 1-800-537-7676

Convention Center Fancy Brigade Tickets are available at ComcastTix.com:

Show at Noon:  11:30 a.m. with a meet-n- greet with the Fancy Brigades. Snap pictures with performers on the show floor, and get in step with the merrymaking in a Giant Mummers Strut. Then catch the Mummers matinee at noon with 4 1/2 minute performances by each of the 11 competing Fancy Brigades (2 1/2 hour show) $17

5PM is the judged show for the prizes