Who and what are Mummers?
To define them simply, Mummers are costumed entertainers that welcome in the New Year. Some of the earliest mummers date back to early Egypt, pagan Rome and Greece, England, Germany, and France. Historically, Mummery has influenced customs and perpetuated many interesting traditions. Every nation had its festivals at one time or another, each marked by parades and displays of fanciful costumes. For an extended history of our tradition click here for more information.
Anatomy of a Mummers Presentation
Our tradition is a labor of love our clubs travel throughout the world spreading the word of mummery. But the Mummers put a lot of hours in the time perfecting our craft. Clubs meet and rehearse throughout the year spending countloess man hours on costumes, props, and music that make our shows entertaining. Click here for an anatomomy of what makes a Mummers presentation.
1959 Mummers Parade String Bands, Video courtesy of stringbandarchives.com