Crunch time for thousands of mummers getting ready for New Year's Day parade

John McDevitt
December 29, 2018 - 3:42 pm
Mummers / Murray Comic Club

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Preparations and rehearsals are underway for the thousands of mummers getting ready for the annual New Year's Day parade.  

At the South Philadelphia warehouse of the Murray Comic Club on Saturday, members were hard at work.

Last minute adjustments to costumes were being made by Liz Marone, who barely looked up from her sewing machine.

Reporter: So you are the sequence queen?

"Yes, more or less," she said laughing.

And embellishments were being stapled onto a rolling swing set by Bobby Tarma (seen in main photo above), who is one of Murray's captains of its 18 brigades. His brigade's theme: "Troll's Day Out."

"I'm finishing up the swing set and odds and ends," Tarma explained. "[I'll work> up until New Year's Eve at 5 o'clock, then I have to go to a dinner at 6 o'clock. The wife make sure I'm home no later than 5 o'clock."

The upcoming parade will be Tarma's 61st.

There are 2,000 performers in the Murray Comic Club alone. It's the biggest club in its division and has won first-place more than 20 years in a row.