We have been anticipating this year's Mummers Parade ever since last year! Andrew and I had been down to watch the parade several times before, but last year was the first time we dressed up and actually participated (see photos HERE).. and we couldn't wait to do it again! This year, my Mom joined us and we had such a blast!! The Mummers Parade is growing every year, with hundreds of people coming from all over the island, and from all parts of town to take in the events of the Mummers Festival.
It is really awesome to see so many incredible costumes, and I can appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into creating them. I also love to see that so many little ones get involved, all decked out in their silliest gear for the occasion! There is a series of workshops leading up to parade day, including a hobby horse workshop, ribbon rig workshop, and ugly stick workshop, so there is plenty of opportunity to get prepared and learn more about the tradition of Mummering in Newfoundland.
Anything goes with regards to your costume, but as per tradition, the key is to have your face and body covered or distorted so that you are unrecognizable.
In the midst of holiday parties and stuffy Christmas dinners, it was so fun to just pile on layers of clothes that didn't match and not have to worry about perfecting hair and makeup. Throw a doily over your head and you're good to go! We had the best time, and can't wait to do it all again! I already have my outfit planned for next year!
Huge thanks to Ritche Perez for letting me share his photos!
I totally lost it at this Don Cherry Storm Trooper. Best Costume Ever!
To learn more about the Mummers Festival, visit www.mummersfestival.ca