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Meet the Mummers: South Philadelphia String Band on PHL17

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South Philadelphia String Band is a string band in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade.  In the years that PHL17 has covered the Philadelphia Mummers Parade we’ve collected lots of video and photos of the band.  Please enjoy the various performances and photos we have below.  You can learn more about South Philadelphia by visiting them on FB or their web site. Tune in to PHL17 at 8am on New Year’s Day 2014 for the 2014 SugarHouse Mummers Parade to see what South Philadelphia String Band has to offer this year.

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The South Philadelphia String Band marched in the Mummers parade for the 68th time this year. Its captain, Denny Palandro, is the newest inductee into the Mummer’s Hall of Fame.

2014 Theme Concept:

The South Philadelphia String Band’s 2014 performance “Invasion of Piracy” opened with two giant skulls surrounding a giant treasure chest. The treasure chest opened, and to the delight of the crowd, the pirate captain emerged ready to share the booty and lead the band. South Philadelphia’s costumes this year were among the most creative! Buccaneers adorned with mermaids playing banjos stood out as being the best of the best. This entertaining performance was one to treasure!

2014 South Philadelphia String Band

The South Philadelphia String Band was organized on May 14, 1946 in the Grays Ferry kitchen of Samuel G. Hamilton, whose founding philosophy was simple: “A good band was one that featured good people and good musicians having a good time.” Hamilton combed the streets of Grays Ferry for members, and the Band’s first appearance in the Mummers Day Parade on January 1, 1947. Parading as a mascot that first year was Samuel R. Hamilton, the son of the founder and today known as “Grays Ferry Sam”. The Band later was incorporated on June 6, 1953.

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The South Philadelphia String Band was organized on May 14, 1946 in the Grays Ferry kitchen of Samuel G. Hamilton, whose founding philosophy was simple: “A good band was one that featured good people and good musicians having a good time.” Hamilton combed the streets of Grays Ferry for members, and the Band’s first appearance in the Mummers Day Parade on January 1, 1947. Parading as a mascot that first year was Samuel R. Hamilton, the son of the founder and today known as “Grays Ferry Sam”. The Band later was incorporated on June 6, 1953.

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The South Philadelphia String Band was organized on May 14, 1946 in the Grays Ferry kitchen of Samuel G. Hamilton, whose founding philosophy was simple: “A good band was one that featured good people and good musicians having a good time.” Hamilton combed the streets of Grays Ferry for members, and the Band’s first appearance in the Mummers Day Parade on January 1, 1947. Parading as a mascot that first year was Samuel R. Hamilton, the son of the founder and today known as “Grays Ferry Sam”. The Band later was incorporated on June 6, 1953.

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