Politics as Usual: The 2012 Mummer’s Parade Results

Right now, thousands of landline phones are ringing in South Philadelphia, delivering a largesse of juicy post-mummers gossip. While the winners and losers may change each year, the chitchat always boils down to one baffling phrase that’s been cracking me up for years: “It’s all politics.”

The saying has evolved into a catchphrase for South Philadelphian matriarchs, but it always confused me. Is there some sort of highly secretive mummer’s cabal, manipulating the entire affair with (glittery) puppet strings? Is the government involved somehow? Is it Obama’s socialist agenda at work?

While those questions may be valid, they’ll invariably fall flat when presented to loyal mummers fans, probably because the saying eloquently evokes powers outside any one fancy brigade’s agency, achieving a small glimmer hope for next year’s competition. Does that sound at all familiar, Eagles fans?

For the rest of the country (and most of Pennsylvania), the Mummer’s Parade is nothing more than a friendly tradition, but for those of us either directly or tangentially involved with the one day of the year when your Uncle Tony can freely don sequins, it’s an institution that’s teetering on the edge of oblivion. Budget problems, waning interest and one now-infamous (though alleged) mummers club/whore house have forever-tarnished our once proud and colorful peacock feathers.

But, thankfully, all of that is easily forgotten once you get a good strut goin’! Photos by Lou Perri, parade results are below.

 

Club Points

1. Woodland . . . 94.4

2. Quaker City . . . 93.4

3. So. Philadelphia . . . 92.1

4. Ferko . . . 89.3

5. Fralinger . . . 86.750

6. Hegeman . . . 84.950

7. Avalon . . . 82.850

8. Aqua . . . 81.250

9. Greater Kensington . . . 78.400

10. Polish American . . . 76.100

11. Uptown . . . 75.100

12. Pennsport . . . 71.950

13. Durning . . . 62.350

14. Duffy . . . 57.200

15. Greater Overbrook . . . 55.550

16. Broomall . . . 50.850

17. Trilby . . . 50.350

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Chris Lipczynski

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