A Mummers Parade guide for couch strutters

Doug Hoffman (center) always wondered what it would be like to be part of the Mummers Parade. As a resident of Bancroft Lakeside Campus, where he’s been treated for autism, he met a retired member of the Golden Sunrise Fancy Club and posed a question: “Can you make me a Mummer?” (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)

Let's face it: No matter how good your intentions may be, it might be asking too much to drag your over-partied posterior out to Broad Street Thursday morning. But that doesn't mean you'll have to miss the Mummers Parade.

As it has since the mid-1990s, PHL17 will broadcast the festivities in their entirety. Steve Highsmith will again anchor the telecast, joined by various experts and analysts - all of whom have doctorates (or something like that) in Mummerology.

Programming starts at 8 a.m. with a one-hour preview, "Breakfast With the Mummers." From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., watch the Broad Street strut live.

Channel 17 will then switch to its regular schedule of syndicated sitcom reruns until 8 p.m., when the Fancy Brigade extravaganza will air from the Pennsylvania Convention Center via tape delay.

Channel 17's digital sub-channel 17.4 will continue its all-Mummers programming (replaying all the parades the station has broadcast between 6 a.m. and midnight daily) through Thursday. The station is carried on Comcast 253 and FIOS 468.

- Chuck Darrow