mummers parade: For more than a century, Philadelphia has celebrated New Year's Day with the Mummers Parade, a regional tradition that brings thousands into the streets to wear costumes, play music, dance and perform satirical sketches on local and national politics, according to Rabble. Almost every year, however, the parade sparks controversy. In reality, they came during a campaign to change the city charter so that Rizzo could run for a third consecutive term the following year. In 2019, for example, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke denounced the mummers because he incorrectly thought that the rapper Jay-Z had been portrayed by a white man in blackface, not an African American. And until the city imposed a ban on blackface makeup in the parade in 1963, many mummers marched in blackface, a practice inherited from the 19th-century minstrel show.ADADEven today, the Mummers Parade is imbued with performances reminiscent of blackface minstrelsy. While Clarke was wrong, the mistake was plausible, given that black Philadelphians, who make up more than 40 percent of the city's population, have never participated in the parade in large numbers. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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