For many locals, South Williamsport's Mummers Parade has become an annual tradition. The parade will return again this year on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. This year's organizers have promised several new lineup and organizational changes, which should make this year's parade even better than before.
"It's a tradition in the area," said Kenneth Ecker, president of the organization.
"We've done a lot this year, and made some exciting changes. We have all new board members, a new lineup - basically, everything has been revamped," he added.
This year's parade will have more than 10 divisions, with more than 100 entries. Fire trucks, floats, and marching bands will be only a few of the attractions sure to delight the crowds on the sidelines.
"We tried to reorganize the lineup, to make everything run smoother, more uniform and with better timing so the parade flows easier. It is laid out a lot differently this year than it has been in the past" Ecker said.
This year's parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home on E. Central Avenue. The parade will head west until it reaches Clark Street. From Clark Street, the parade will turn onto Southern Avenue and follow it all the way to Howard Street. The festivities are expected to last until 5 p.m.
A judges stand, located across from the CVS on West Southern Avenue, will judge the divisions and award numerous prizes to exemplary entries.
The Mummers Association also will be bringing back their food stand, which many have missed over the last two years. The stand will serve hot dogs, soda, and BBQ, Ecker said. All proceeds will go towards funding next year's parade.
In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled for either Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. or Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
The organization's membership has fluctuated in past years, and Ecker expressed concern that without new members, the parade may not be able to continue. Most of the organization's funding comes through charity donations and ad sales, which go right back into funding next year's parade, according to Ecker.
"It seems like every year we get less and less people to help get this organized. The group we have now puts a lot of effort into keeping this going," Ecker said.
He, himself, joined the organization two years ago when low membership in the organization threatened the parade's longevity.
"I saw something in a paper about how they needed new membership, and I went down to a meeting and got involved," Ecker said.
"My wife and I have been taking our kids to the parade for 15 to 20 years. We wanted to keep it going for the other kids and families for whom it is a tradition," he added.
Those interested in joining the Mummers Association are invited to attend one of the group's monthly meetings, held the second Tuesday of every month at the DuBoistown Fire Hall at 7 p.m.
South Williamsport Police Department
Lycoming County Sheriff's Office
Mummers' Parade Banner
Carried by: Nicholas and Joey Signor
Boy Scouts of America
Mummers' Parade Collection
Corey Lowe & Jean Lowery
Mummers' Parade Officials
Officials' Cart driven by Jackie Ecker
Chief Marshal Pat Schramm
Driven by Karen Schramm
SWAHS Mummers' Queen & Court
Sabrina Mussare, Queen
Marie Cashera & Bayle Kurtz, Court
South Williamsport Mayor & Family
David and Christine Lechniak
Driven by Mary Ann Cowden
South Williamsport Borough Officials
Division Car - Justin Simpson
South Williamsport Mountie Band
S.W. Varsity Cheerleaders
South Wltliamsport Drama Club
S.W. Youth Football/Cheer
SWASD Literacy Program
South Williamsport A.Y.S.O.
Studio of the Performing Arts
First Ward Fire Company
Spook Haven Haunted Attraction
Cowdens Balzery & Family Market
Division Car - Michelle Younkin
Williamsport H.S. Marching Millionaires
Williamsport High School Cheerleaders
Williamsport Youth Cheer/Football
Student Transportation of America
Young Marines of Williamsport
Williamsport Bureau of Fire
The Goof Troupe Clowns
Roads to Freedom
Sweet Frof Frozen Yogurt
Division Car - Mike Brewer
Montgomery Red Raider Marching Band
South Williamsport Lions Club
Independent Fire Co. No. 1
Laurel Ridge Riders
The Crazy Tomato
Kressly's Paint and Wallpaper
Fairlawn Community Church
The Cell Block
Division Car - Steve Baker
Montoursville Warrior Marching Band
Montoursville Area H.S. Class of 2014
Loyalsock Township Vol. Fire Co.
Treasure Castle Playland
Susquehanna Valley Derby Vixens
Woodlands Bank and Trust
Lycoming County Dairy Promotion
Divsion Car - Patrick Eldridge
Williamson High School Marching Warriors
Citizens Fire Co. No. 2
James Rogers - Tractor
Cub Scout Pack #41
United Commercial Travelers
Williamsport Christian School
Superior Plus Energy
Lock Haven Girl Scout Troops
West Branch School
Division Car - Kevin Snyder
Muncy Marching Band
Renovo Fire Company
James L. Bates - Tractor
Pitter Patter Day School
Jersey Shore State Bank
Marc Marzacco - Tractor and Jeep
Ghosts Under Investigation
Cooley Dance Company
Lycoming Centre Presbyterian Church
Sons of Liberty 40/8 Club
Pepsi Beverages Company
Division Car - Steve Carl
1983 Buick Eagle Hearse
Swingin' Saggin' Seniors
Tiadaghton Forest Fire Fighters Assoc.
Minature Model T Truck & Barrel Train
Krieger Fence Company
Special Olympics of Lycoming County
Giant Grocery Stores
Nisbet Volunteer Fire Co.
Weichert Realtors Premier
Division Car - Joe Pulizzi
Clear Channel Media
DuBoistown Volunteer Fire Co. No. 8
Sleep outside the box
Commonwealth Connections Academy
Straight - Up
Susquehannocks Four Wheelers
Dimon Divas 10U American Softball Team
Milissa Augustine Dance Academy
Division Car - Nancy Pepperman
Pennsdale Volunteer Fire Company
Whistle Stop Electric Train Show
Aquarius Pools and Patio
First United Methodist Church
The Life is Beautiful Project
Dirty Devils ATV Club
Todd McCoy - Division 4
Jeff Pauling - Division 6
Keith Savage - Main & E. Mountain
Skip Krietz - Fleming & E. Mountain