KYW In Depth: New year, same Mummers controversy. So what's next?

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's New Year's Day parade made headlines yet again after two mummers were seen wearing blackface.

The incident was quickly and roundly condemned by Philadelphia officials and mummers alike. Mayor Jim Kenney called it abhorrent and unacceptable. City Council President Darrell Clarke said in a tweet there is no place for this kind of reprehensible behavior in Philadelphia. 

And in a news conference the day after the parade, representatives from mummers clubs said wearing blackface is unacceptable and won't be tolerated.

So why does it seem like there's another controversy every Jan. 1 in Philadelphia?

This week on KYW In Depth, host Carol MacKenzie breaks down the history and traditions of the New Year's celebration with Ron Goldwyn, who covered the parade and mummers for the Daily News for more than two decades. She also asks attorney and long-time mummer George Badey how the mummers plan to move forward without repeating the mistakes of the past.

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