"It was a great honor to be up there with her," McDonald said, gesturing to Kelly Mahon, Irish American String Band captain.She
shushed him."It's really the other way around.It's an honor to be here with him," she
McDonald has been a part of Mummers history.In 1975, he was a member of the band that allowed two women to strut for the first time.
As McDonald remembers it, it was a natural decision: "The girls had been helping us all year," he
said.Only later, he
said, did four of his
fellow Mummers reveal that they had been carrying guns in case anyone had hassled the women.
"I'm glad I didn't know," he
McDonald was also one of those who sued the Mummers and the city to allow new bands into the parade after a band he
started was banned.