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Philly’s Strange Mummer Culture in Ten Photos

The Comic Division

The Comics are the clowns of the Mummer subgroups.

The Comic Division is the original division – and the heart and soul of The Philadelphia Mummers Parade. Comprised of three Mother Clubs: Goodtimers, Landi, and Murray, the Comic Division traces its roots back to the ancient world, the Middle Ages and colonial America – throughout which, satire mockery and light-hearted fun have always been the name of the game.

Leaders and members of the Comic Division spend months organizing their clubs, bringing together members as small as juveniles, individuals and couples to larger groups and brigades with hundreds of members. Performances poke fun at politics, pop-culture and sometimes, even our own division and parade. In many ways, the labor and process involved in putting together all the costumes and props during the course of the year is like a cottage industry. All costumes are professionally made and the props take months to prepare.

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