Mummers` Immigrant Past
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January 03, 2006, 04:41 PM
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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?