2019 Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale a Philadelphia family affair

Kimberly Adams
January 01, 2019 - 1:44 pm
A fancy brigades rehearses at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — While most mummers took the famous route down Broad Street, another show was on display indoors at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

Sean Kennan was ready to lead his club's "Clans of Scotland" performance. "Very excited," Kennan said. "I'm a bagpiper in the Satin Slipper Club. I start the show off."

The theme, says coordinator Mike Townsend, was "kind of an idea we've been kicking around for the last couple years. It's been put on back burner. We just felt that, in Janurary or February, this is the year to roll with it." 

And roll with it, they did. Several fancy brigades put on dazzling performances with light shows, video displays and dancers of all ages. 

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"Our theme is 'How Sweet it Is,'" said Tina Semethy with Magic Fancy Brigade. "It's a candy factory type theme."

She described her troop's performace and the work that went into it.

"The intricate details that go into it all, it's a lot of work," she said. "We have been building since October. We've been dancing since September."

And now that it's Jan. 1, her troop's performance is ready to dazzle an audience.

"It's a long day but it's so worth it," she said.

Fancy brigade costumes
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Eleven-year-old Nick Sosa said it's all a big family affair. 

"I am a mummer, and so is my mom and my uncle," he said. 

Second-generation mummer Marge Wozniak says her family is proud to show its moves with the Downtown Fancy Brigade.

"This is a wonderful experience that has been going on for years in our family," she said.

"I also have my daughter Megan with her two children, along with my daughter Melissa," Wozniak said. With the entire family involved, it keeps the tradition alive.