Quaker City String Band and Avenuers voted fan’s favorites

PHILADELPHIA — Jan. 30, 2019 — The Mummers Parade might be over, but the celebration hasn’t stopped. Last night at Rivers Casino Philadelphia, PHL17 announced the winners of the 2019 Mummers Viewers’ Choice competition. Quaker City String Band took home the prize for favorite String Band and Avenuers won for favorite Fancy Brigade.

Rivers has been the title sponsor of the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade for the past eight years. As part of this community partnership, Philly’s casino hosted the annual fan-voted award ceremony in The Event Center and gave both winning clubs $2,500.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia also donated $2,500 to the Palandro-Ferry Memorial Foundation. The organization is a nonprofit memorial fund set up to honor South Philadelphia String Band members Denny Palandro Jr. and Joe Ferry, who were involved in a Jan. 2 accident. The foundation provides monetary scholarships and goodwill among the Mummers community.

“The Viewer’s Choice Awards are something Mummers embrace and Rivers is proud to support,” said Emily Costa, community relations manager for Rivers Casino Philadelphia. 

Following the parade on Jan. 1, fans had the opportunity to vote online for their favorite String Band and Fancy Brigade on PHL17.com. Thousands of votes were submitted to select Quaker City String Band and Avenuers as the favorite performances in their respective categories.

“The fan vote has become a fun, interactive tradition to highlight our viewer’s favorite performances on New Year’s Day,” said Vince Giannini, general manager of PHL17.

To learn more about the Rivers Casino Philadelphia Mummers Parade, please visit PHL17.com/category/mummers/.



Rivers, which opened in September 2010 as Philly’s casino, features 1,755 slots, 105 table games, a 28-table poker room, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views, and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,500 people and has been voted a “Best Place to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal for seven consecutive years and a “Top Workplace” by Philly.com for six straight years. For more information, visit RiversCasino.com.


WPHL-TV, known as PHL17, has been broadcasting the annual Mummers Parade — a Philadelphia tradition for more than 100 years — on New Year’s Day since 1993. Each year the parade draws a crowd of thousands in Philadelphia, while Philadelphia’s PHL17 achieves some of its highest ratings of the year.


The Mummers Parade is the longest-running New Year’s Day tradition in the country. Its roots date back to the late 1600s in Philadelphia, and the first officially sanctioned parade by the city was in 1901. The parade features custom costumes, music and renowned pageantry with more than 10,000 participants. 



Jeff Shurilla

For Rivers Casino Philadelphia

267-932-8760, ext. 304

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