At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 18th 2014, there is a special City Hall proclamation ceremony, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Fralinger String Band, a perennial champion Philadelphia Mummers group.
Pennsylvania U.S. Representative Robert Brady, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and other elected officials and dignitaries will lead the ceremony in Conversation Hall on the 2nd floor of City Hall.
Fralinger String Band members will be in attendance, with some costumed performers and live music to celebrate the occasion.
History of Fralinger:
On a Friday evening, December 18, 1914, the Fralinger String Band was organized by a group of young men playing music on the corner of Second and Sigel Streets in South Philadelphia. It was on that corner where Dr. John J. Fralinger, a physician and pharmacist, owned and operated Fralinger’s Drug Store. Dr.Fralinger was also the team doctor for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics
They were able to convince Dr. Fralinger to buy a banner and sponsor a 28-member band in the annual Philadelphia New Year’s Day Parade. Since this date in history, Fralinger has gone on to be one of the winningest bands in the history of the Mummers Parade, winning a total of 17 First Prizes and an unprecedented eight-consecutive First Prizes from 2003-2010.