Granny, ‘tis mummers, there’s a thousand or more.
They paraded through the Georgestown neighbourhood of St. John’s Saturday afternoon during the 11th annual Mummers Parade, organized by the Mummers Festival.
Vice president of the festival’s board of directors, Lynn McShane, said the parade has moved around the city in recent years, but organizers were happy to return to Georgestown this year where there’s “a real community feel in the streets."
At the parade, that was clear – people lined the sidewalks to see the mummers walk, dance and sing through the streets as the group left The Lantern on Barnes Road, then weaved through Fleming Street, Hayward Avenue, and Monkstown Road.
“I grew up in a mummering family, so for me, it’s just such an awesome way to keep the tradition alive,” said McShane.
“To get new people involved, teach it to the kids, new generations, new Canadians, and just share the happiness and joy that mummering always brought to us.”