MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Wed, 21 Apr 2021 02:12:11 +0000 Mummers strut despite Philly parade cancellation http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/ab368587e7994999be40a73d664613f7 Scores of costumed performers took to the streets of south Philadelphia for a New Year’s celebration of Mummers tradition despite official cancellation of the annual event and a ban on large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Jan. 2) ab368587e7994999be40a73d664613f7 Sat, 02 Jan 2021 16:35:36 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: MUST CREDIT KYW-TV; NO ACCESS PHILADELPHIA; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKS; NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVEKYW-TV- MUST CREDIT KYW-TV; NO ACCESS PHILADELPHIA; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKS; NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVEPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania - 1 January 2021++AERIALS++1. Various of costumed performers marching in streetsSTORYLINE:Scores of costumed performers took to the streets of their south Philadelphia stomping grounds for a New Year’s celebration of Mummers tradition, far from the customary parade route and despite official cancellation of the annual event and a ban on large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.Participants in brightly colored costumes, some with faces painted, paraded Friday down 2nd Street in South Philadelphia following trucks that blared string band or popular music. Some wore masks but many did not, and others marched with them wearing “South Philly Still Struts” sweatshirts. Mayor Jim Kenney announced in July that the city would not grant permits to planned outdoor events with more than 50 people, effectively canceling the large annual parade and other events as officials struggled to keep a lid on the spread of the virus. Some Mummers leaders and organizations also asked members to stay home.City spokeswoman Lauren Cox said there were no major issues Friday but said seeing pictures of many participants without masks was “very concerning given the seriousness of this current wave of the pandemic”.“Anyone who has been in or near large crowds today should get tested five to seven days after the activity, stay away from others for 10 days, and continue monitoring for symptoms for 14 days”, she said.The Philadelphia Inquirer reported recently that two previous attempts in the 119-year history of the parade to call it off - in 1919 due to World War I and in 1934 due to the Great Depression - hadn't gone well. In both cases, Mummers still took to the streets to celebrate.The usual celebration viewed by thousands each year features string bands, comic brigades, elaborate floats and plenty of feathers and sequins, but it has also attracted persistent criticism over its long history of racist blackface displays and other inappropriate or offensive behavior by some participants. After last year’s parade, Kenney threatened to end it if parade organizers didn’t clean up their act.Although online advocates of a celebration Friday termed it a protest of Kenney’s decision - and signs critical of the mayor could be seen - some said they were simply taking part in a very local celebration. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Scores of costumed performers took to the streets of south Philadelphia for a New Year’s celebration of Mummers tradition despite official cancellation of the annual event and a ban on large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Jan. 2) Mummers strut despite Philly parade cancellation