The South Philadelphia String Band took home top honors in this year’s Philadelphia Mummers Parade, with the theme, “Dia de los Muertos”. The vibrant costumes, precision movements and powerhouse music were the highlight of the String Band Division. Additionally our captain, Denny Palandro, finished in Second Prize!
This marked the 4th time in the band’s history it has taken First Prize, and the first time since 1975. Also, the band has now finished 4th or better for the past 11 consecutive parades!
The South Philadelphia String Band was organized on May 14, 1946 in the Grays Ferry kitchen of Samuel G. Hamilton, whose founding philosophy was simple: “A good band was one that featured good people and good musicians having a good time.” Hamilton combed the streets of Grays Ferry for members, and the Band’s first appearance in the Mummer’s Day Parade on January 1, 1947.