Event Dates: December 01, 2012 - December 16, 2012
The Mummers Festival is a participant-driven, not–for–profit, community–based folklife festival that encourages the celebration and free expression of tradition.The Mummers Parade is the Festival’s crowning event and it is the mummers who make it so memorable. In our first year, more than 300 energetic mummers and 200 spectators came out to the Parade. Our workshops generated close to 30 hobby horses, adding a new twist to a less common mummering tradition and a lot of horseplay to the Parade. Our focus is on you, the province’s diverse public, whose creative and expressive presence make the Festival such a success.
The Mummers Festival began as a joint initiative with the Intangible Cultural Heritage division of the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and Memorial University’s Department of Folklore.
The research-based initiative began in 2009 and included 16 free community events. This year, the Festival was organized by a group of enthusiastic volunteers and supporters bringing you workshops, a lecture and film screening, the province’s largest dress-up party, a Christmas Concert & Mummers Jam, and of course, the Mummers Parade.