The Mummers Parade in Philadelphia has been going on since 1901! Read the story below from 6 ABC including the letter from the Mayor to the Mummer's clubs. Great story 6 ABC!
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney put the Mummers on notice: the longtime tradition will be over if changes are not made.
Kenney sent the letter to the heads of the Mummers divisions (Comic, Fancies, String Band, and Wench) requesting a meeting, saying the future of the parade could be in jeopardy following an incident involving blackface at this year's parade.
During this year's parade, a member of Froggy Carr, in the Wench Brigade, and another person, were accused of wearing blackface. Froggy Carr was later disqualified from the competition.
Kenney says more needs to be done.
"The future of the parade is in jeopardy if Mummers leadership does not make immediate changes to better control the parade and organize yourselves. To be specific: I will explore options such as hosting the City's own New Year's Day Parade or changing the City's policies regarding informal cost forgiveness applicable to cultural parades," said the mayor in the letter.
The mayor's spokesperson tells Action News that a date for the meeting has not yet been set.
The letter outlines several requested changes to ensure a more orderly parade and accountability for when participants violate those rules and "biogoted actions."
"It is therefore critical that you take decisive steps to end this behavior for good. If you fail to make these necessary changes, the parade will forever be known for hatred and bigotry, not the hard-work, dedication and celebration that I once enjoyed as a participant," the mayor added.
Read a full copy of the letter below:During this year's parade, a member of Froggy Carr, in the Wench Brigade, and another person, were accused of wearing blackface. Froggy Carr was later disqualified from the competition.
Read a full copy of the letter below: