‘Has Anyone Seen My Tutu?’
When the Hummers march, the satire flies. So skip the Mummers this year. When it comes to New Year’s fun, Philly has nothing on Middletown.
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“It was a day that was so cold the Mummers in Philadelphia did not strut,” Schreppler says. “Channel 6 Action News covered the fire and later asked what the difference was between a Hummer and a Mummer. I told them, ‘Mummers stay home when it’s cold and their costumes don’t hold up as well as ours. Also, we can put out a fire without breaking stride.”
Nevertheless, the Hummers are not without the blemish of controversy. The parade came under fire when The News Journal printed the traditional chant sung by participants during the “awards ceremony.”
“There’s some blue language that we use that’s all in the spirit of the moment,” Schreppler says. “I’ve told my kids it’s all right once a year. After all, if God didn’t have a sense of humor, we wouldn’t.”
After so many years, Schreppler had considered “hanging up the skates” (an homage to Bret Favre, perhaps?) and handing off the grand marshal duties, such as they are, to someone younger. It was the Journal’s printing of the infamous chant that changed his mind.
“I had actually announced my retirement,” he says, “and then that newspaper story came out, and I just couldn’t see handing the job off to maybe some high school student and that chant hanging in the air.”
So Schreppler decided it’s not the right time to relinquish the orb and scepter. “I’m having fun. I’m really not thinking about retirement anymore.”
The 2010 version of Hummers also featured a “performance” by Susan Boyle (expertly portrayed and coiffed by John Bingham), a David Carradine spoof called Hung Fu and Townsend’s Billy Wessel’s portrayal of the late Billy Mays in an OxiClean commercial. With an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the continuing saga of the “jobless recovery,” Tea Partiers and cozy land schemes in Delaware waiting to be spoofed in 2011, how could anyone think of retiring?