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Fralinger String Band
1903 South 3rd Street
South Philly
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Cross Street: Mifflin Street
General Information
Before the Parade Passes By is a history of the Fralinger String Band, from 1914 to 2009, in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. It is also a story of people who have lived the life of this extraordinary folk culture.

On a Friday evening, December 18, 1914, the Fralinger String Band was organized by a group of young men playing music on the corner of Second and Sigel Streets in South Philadelphia. It was on that corner where Dr. John J. Fralinger, a physician and pharmacist, owned and operated Fralinger’s Drug Store.
In 1974, the band was purchased from John Fralinger, Jr. and reorganized as the Fralinger String Band, Inc. The organization continues to operate today as a non-profit corporation run entirely by volunteer membership. The clubhouse, located at Third and Mifflin Streets in South Philadelphia, is just a few hundred feet from the original Fralinger Pharmacy whereMummers it all started in 1914.
Fralinger’s Musical Director Emeritus, Herb Smith, now in his 60’s, still parades in costume with the band. He has been a member of the band since 1959, and the musical director from 1965 until retiring from that post in 2003. Presentation Director, Mike Rayer, has been the choreographer and developer for Fralinger’s New Year’s Day productions since 1975, and a member since 1965. Both are Mummers Hall of Fame recipients and are key contributors to Fralinger’s consistency for excellence and success. Herb’s successor as musical arranger, John Wernega, has never written a score for Fralinger that has not received first prize.

  • Rental: Enjoy your next event at our facilities located at 1901-03 South Third Street (3rd & Mifflin Sts.) in Philadelphia. Graduations, Showers, Christenings, Holiday Parties, Funeral Lunches, Birthdays, Weddings, Proms, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Anniversaries, Engagements, Meetings and Corporate Events. Use your own caterer or we can recommend one! For more information contact: Hall Rental and Catering Information – Mark Lichorobiec, Jr. 267.432.0154
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    • Quality – offering the finest quality musicians and performers
    • Track record – proven and consistent track record of performance excellence and success
    • Longevity – over ninety-eight years young and better than ever
    • Flexibility – performances are customized to your requirements
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    • Official Philadelphia Phillies Whiz Kids Band since 1990
    • Member, Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association
    • Member, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Join: If you’re interested in joining the band please stop by our club house any Tuesday at 8:30pm. We’re always looking for able bodied musicians and Marshals age 12 or over.Our Clubhouse is located at 3rd & Mifflin Steet.
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