President Donald Trump was mocked Tuesday by the longest-running folk parade in the U.S., with the help of Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot “Gritty” in a skit depicting a “Trump” character being arrested.
Philadelphia’s 119th New Years’ Day Mummers Parade featured a skit in which “Trump” dances with a performer portraying a shirtless Russian President Vladimir Putin – and holds up a sign referencing one of the lewd allegations made against Trump, PennLive.com reports:
“It had Trump carrying a large prop made to look like a VHS tape with the letter ‘P’ on it (a reference to the alleged pee tape mentioned in the Steele dossier) and concluded with Trump being arrested by the FBI.”
A performer in the Flyers’ “Gritty” mascot costume then appears to save Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty and Lady Justice characters from Trump as the president is being arrested and led off by FBI agents.
The bawdy, rowdy Mummers Parade celebrating fantasy of song, dance and costumes was officially sanctioned by Philadelphia in 1901 as an effort to bring the event under control:
“Turns out, the city wasn't a fan of a bunch of people in crazy costumes roaming around shooting guns and demanding alcohol. So they got involved, sanctioning and organizing the first official Philadelphia Mummers Parade in 1901. The city figured with its involvement it could tone down the parade.”
The NHL team’s “Gritty” mascot has become an icon of the violent, radical Antifa protesters, with merchandise like “I Kill Fascists” “Antifa Gritty” T-shirts sold online.