Take a look at this from today's Op-Ed page at the Tribune-Review:
PennLive reports one Mummers group in Philly's New Year's Day parade staged a skit protesting that city's soda tax, while another Mummers group's skit advocating free, universal health care targeted U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey as “Senator Toomer.” No word yet on whether Eagles fans who swore off NFL games over protesting players “taking a knee” have sworn off Mummers for politicizing the parade.Just from reading the text, you could safely assume that the politicization of the Mummers Parade is both 1) new and 2) limited to that one group.
If you assumed that you'd be wrong.
For a hint at how wrong the braintrust is on this you'd only have to go to the very PennLive article they reference (but don't link to) above. Here are the first four sentences of that article:
The Philadelphia Mummers Parade isn't afraid to get political.The Braintrust seems offended that the Republican Senator from Pennsylvania is the target of some social satire (aw snowflakes, are your feelings hurt when they made fun of Senator Toomey?).
Commentary on government has been a common feature during the skits put on by the Mummers' Comics Brigades.
This year was no different.
The Vaudevillains New Years Brigade, part of the Murray Comics, criticized Senator Pat Toomey and called for universal healthcare in its skit "Party Artery."
Funny how the Trib editorial board didn't seem offended when this different group politicized the parade a few years ago:
Even when The Trib published an AP story on the event.
Then there's this photo:
According to Philly Curbed, it's from 1938. Can you see the float? No? Here, I'll zoom in for yinz:
See what it is? It's a float protesting in 1938 the possible US involvement in an upcoming European War. Can't get any more political than that. And that was 80 years ago.
But somehow, to my good friends on the Trib Braintrust, the politicization of the Mummers Parade started this year with a protest against Senator Pat Toomey.
It didn't and the braintrust STILL needs to do its homework better.