Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mummers and Drag Queens

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel so overwhelmed by work you want to just curl up into a ball in a dark room? Well I have! So rather than face reality just now, I decided to write a blog post composed mainly of funny pictures I found online!

I actually had a very fun task on my plate today. I'm gearing up to start the final paintings for my next book, and today was a research day. Ladybug has a few costume changes throughout the book, and I felt some of her outfits weren't quite fabulous enough yet.

When I googled "Broadway costumes", by and large I was underwhelmed by the image results. Where were the feathers? The sequins? The top hats? In short: where were the Mummers?

If you are not familiar with the Mummers Parade, you are probably not from Philadelphia. It's a parade held on New Year's Day, with people wearing outrageous outfits and carrying umbrellas, playing banjos & accordians.

Not going to be celebrating the new year in Philadelphia? Fear not! There is also a Mummers Museum! I discovered this gem while looking for a place to hold our wedding reception a few years ago. Imagine the photo opportunities!!

And because I am hiding from reality right now, I will also share some pictures of our runner-up wedding reception location: The Mutter Museum. We could have cut the cake next to The Big Colon!

Expressed our new union next to the conjoined twins!

And we could have given everyone cute plush toys from the gift shop as wedding favors.

Anyway, between the Mummers and the drag queen community, I was able to get some pretty awesome inspiration for Ladybug's costume changes.


Mary Uhles said...

enjoyed the sketches!... and nothing says for better or for worse like conjoined twins

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Hang in there! Great pics. I've always wanted to visit the Mummers Museum, so thanks for the peek. I love the notion that you were considering it for your reception. Hysterical! Regarding the costumes--truth IS stranger than fiction, and with references like these, Ladybug will undoubtedly be decked out splendidly!

Nina Crittenden said...

Vicki- your posts always make me smile! It is fun to see how Ladybug is coming along... Hugs from MN!

Vicki said...

Thanks everyone! All of your comments made ME smile!

margaret said...

I am taking a break from reality right now! I always love seeing what's in your sketchbook. The Mummers parade looks awesome!