PHOTOGRAPHIC INVESTIGATIONS
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Mummers

Mummering is a Christmas tradition in Canada particular to Newfoundland and Labrador, but similar traditions exist in other parts of the British Isles as well as in continental Europe. In rural areas, mummering is mostly a house visiting tradition with mummers disguised with masks and costumes playing music and tricks on the hosts until they can guess mummers’ identities. In urban centres, mummering is mostly focused on a procession or parade which is loud, boisterous and, these days, family friendly. Despite its somewhat cleaned up nature, a good mummers' parade preserves that sense of an annual letting-go-of-steam so that for the rest of the year we can all be good citizens who put up with daily chores, injustices, and general foolishness. A mummers' parade also makes for fascinating photographs. 

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