Someone who gets dressed up during the Christmas holidays and goes from house to house bumming drinks. A Newfoundland Tradition.
Any mummers ‘loud in?
A member of a travelling troupe of actors originally from the British Isles that performed seasonal folk plays. They occasionally perform in the streets, although their more usual style is house-to-house and in public centers. They are also known by other names (mostly regional) such as rhymers, pace-eggers, soulers, tipteerers, galoshins, and guisers.
The word & concept was recently brought back into American pop culture’s attention with the 1997 release of Loreena Mckennitt’s hit song “The Mummer’s Dance” on her album The Book of Secrets.
Cindy: Oooh! This song is really nice! What’s it called?
Hairstylist: Yeah, it’s called “The Mummer’s Dance”. It’s by Loreena Mckennitt.
Cindy: Ah. What’s a mummer?
Hairstylist: I… don’t know. I’ve never even heard the word before I listened to this song.
Genial Irishman: They’re travelling actors, me fair lasses.
Cindy & Hairstylist: Oh… Like, awesome!
Philadelphia tradition: grown men dress like women and bums get wacked on drugs and booze, play banjos, tubas, and flutes while running through the streets causing mayhem. The mummers are divided by brigades, fancies, comics, gays, trannies, post and pre op transexuals. Mummers are known to take a full year to make thier costumes. Women are prohibited from becoming mummers. Sexual relations between the mummer men is commenplace as there judgement is often so impaired during the parade. Most mummers are Eagle fans.
I watched two drunken mummers blow each other on new years day!
A group of lovely women in France who get together and refer to each other as Mummers.
To be taken light heartedly
Hello Mummers, I have a problem…