Monday, July 6, 2015

Is it time to update the Mummer's Parade?

READER POLL

Is it time to update the Mummer's Parade?

No, it’s great just the way it is
 
  124 (28.7%)
Yes, it feels stale and out of date
 
  103 (23.8%)
No, valuable touchstone from the city’s colonial past
 
  61 (14.1%)
Yes, or just phase it out altogether
 
  144 (33.3%)
Total votes = 432
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Poll: Everybody still love this parade?


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