Here`s a tradition you don`t hear about — immigrants knocking on doors for drinks was the origin of a famous parade ["Philadelphia Mummers Parade Is 10,000 Strong"
Mummers! Who knew?
According to a history of the parade from the sponsoring New Year`s Shooters and Mummers Assn., it began with the custom of immigrants going door to door on New Year`s Day and dancing while reciting rhymes such as,
"Here we stand before your door
As we stood the year before.
Give us whiskey; give us gin
Open the door and let us in."
Say, why don`t we have cheerful immigrants like the old-timey ones any more?