The Mummers agreed at a meeting last night to strut and strum their way up Broad Street from South Philly to City Hall in just 6 1/2 hours, compared with the usual eight- or nine-hour marathon.
The 11th-hour agreement followed weeks of contentious talks between the city and the Mummers.
But real sighs of relief were uttered when U.S. Rep. Bob Brady unexpectedly showed up at the meeting, held at the Mummers Museum at 2nd Street and Washington Avenue, and vowed to solve the Mummers' lingering financial problems.
The String Bands, Fancies and Comics were supposed to be on the hook for $47,000 to help cover the cost of city services provided during the parade, Mummers' attorney George Badey said.
But Brady swore he would raise $50,000 for the Mummers or contribute the funds himself if his fundraising efforts weren't successful, Badey said.