The Fancy Brigade Division is one of the newest Divisions added to the Mummers Parade. Their origins began as groups that marched amongst the Fancy Division. It wasn’t until 1978 when the Fancy Brigades emerged as their own division.
The Fancy Brigades are noted for their elaborate props, precision drilling and broadway-style choreography to present a four and a half minute production that is anything but amateur. Today’s Fancy Brigade productions are influenced by high-level Broadway staging, props and choreography. These modern influences add a new level of showmanship that has allowed the Fancy Brigades to evolve their performances into the entertaining mini-musicals that define the division today. This evolution of props and scenery has made the Brigades be able to perform indoors.