Guest Writer: Audrey Pitcher, Ursinus Student
Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade is ringing in the New Year with new guidelines designed to create a positive parade experience for everyone. This 116-year-old annual New Year’s tradition will now screen all its acts to ensure that they are respectful of minority groups such as people of color and members of the LGBTQ community, reports Margie Fishman’s article in The News Journal.
Parade officials are working with the city’s Human Relations commission to educate their members on creating humor that is fun and prescient without being hurtful. Concerns arose from skits in previous years that featured offensive costumes and jokes. In some cases, performers simply weren’t aware that their skits could be considered offensive.
Each of the Mummers’ five brigades has already undergone sensitivity training and submitted their skits for review. Spokespeople expressed their hope that, with the help of this new program, the Parade would become a safe and fun event for all of Philadelphia’s residents.
This new program is designed to facilitate dialogue between different groups and ensure that minority voices are heard and respected while maintaining the Parade’s unique satirical voice. The Mummers Parade is a celebration–and we hope all members of the Philadelphia community will now feel free to celebrate with them.
The Mummers Parade is a celebration–and we hope all members of the Philadelphia community will now feel free to celebrate with them.
To learn more about the new Mummers Day policies, click here.