Crunch time in the clubhouses as mummers make final parade preparations

Mike DeNardo
December 30, 2019 - 4:07 pm
Avalon String Band costume coordinator Jimmy Tatar takes a final look at the band’s outfits for the Mummers parade.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's crunch time in the clubhouses as mummers make their final preparations for the annual New Year's parade.

As the hours before New Year's tick down, Avalon String Band costume coordinator Jimmy Tatar looked over the glittered and sequined outfits for the band's "Going Down the Bayou" theme, saying he couldn't imagine doing anything else.

"Most of us, it's in our blood. I was born into the hobby, so I don't know anything else New Year's Day," he said. 

The band's business manager, Bobby Coyle, has marched up down and sideways in his 41 years as a mummer.

"I've gone down Broad Street, up Broad Street. I've gone out Market Street. I've done all the different routes," Coyle said.

And he'll be conserving his energy this New Year's Eve.

"I'll probably be in bed by 10," Coyle added. 

But not so for the Pirates, last year's top wench brigade — where Kirk McGinniss says it's been a party and last minute preparations all week for their Pirates, Tigers and Bears theme.

"It'll probably be no sleep right into New Year's and have a good time and Jan. 2, rest up," McGinniss said.