PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia's annual Mummers Parade apparently isn't fun anymore for one group: the Mummers themselves.
So the Mummers are proposing to reverse and shorten the route, shifting the judging to the start of the parade rather than the end.
Philadelphia String Band president Tom Loomis tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/V1B0cS ) the change would help take the stress out. He says the daylong parade is now "a line waiting to be judged."
The New Year's Day parade is Philadelphia's version of Mardi Gras and features heavily costumed and painted performers, string bands and other brigades.
Organizers are proposing the parade go south on the city's Broad Street instead of north but cut out South Philadelphia. It's been home to generations of Mummers but crowds there have thinned as demographics have changed.
The city says a shorter parade would also cut costs.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com
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A chance of rain by Tuesday morning.
We began this Tuesday with clouds and a few briefly soaking showers. Sun took over here in Philly by 9 a.m., and now it's a beautiful day that feels like fall. The season officially begins, by the way, on Monday, September 22nd. Expect a high today in tme mid 70s, and more beautiful weather for the rest of the work week.
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