String bands, fanices, get highest ranks in Mummers Parade voting app

    They came, they strutted, they were voted on.

    Awards were handed out Tuesday following Philadelphia’s annual Mummers Parade, but the city’s more tech-savvy crowd let their fingers do the voting.

    More than 1,000 used the new Murmer mobile appto vote on their favorite performances.


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    App developer Alfie Hanssen shared some numbers with us to compare with the official Mummers award results.

    The Quaker City String Band was the overall winner on Murmur. It came in second in the parade’s string bad division, and Capt. Charlie Roetz came in fifth place. Second place in the app was the Fralinger String Band. Fralinger was No. 1 in the parade’s string band division, and Capt. Thomas D’Amore also got top honors.

    Billy McIntyre’s Shooting Stars Fancy Brigade was No. 3, according to Murmer users, but placed fifth in the parade’s fancy brigade division. Broomall String Band performed the worst in the app; it placed 13th out of 17 in the parade’s string band division.

    Hanssen and his co-developers plan to release an updated version of the app in time for next year’s parade.

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