The Mummers Parade is held each New Year's Day in Philadelphia. Neighborhood clubs, consisting of generations of people, including String bands, perform on the route going up Broad Street. They prepare elaborate costumes, performance routines, and movable scenery, which take months to complete. The parade traces back to mid-17th-century roots, blending elements from immigrants: Swedish, Finnish, Irish, English, German, and other European heritages, as well as African heritage. The parade is related to the Mummers Play tradition from Britain and Ireland. The parade continues to reflect the culture and heritage of Philadelphia.
"Dance with Captain" shows the Captain of a String Band dancing the "two-step" with some of the parade goers, in that late afternoon, winter light that shines on the glitter and shine of the costumes and clothes. This takes place on New Years Day, as they make their way up Broad Street in Philadelphia.
note: In 2020, the Mummers parade has been called off due to the Coronavirus pandemic - but the TV will be playing highlights from the parade from over the years. You can take a look: (take a look on January 1!)
18x18 inches - oil on canvas - 1.5 inch depth. Natural wood strip frame, wired to hang.