The Christiana Clampetts took the City of Philadelphia by storm on New Year's Day, participating in the city's annual Mummers' Parade.

"It was a hoot," said Lions' member Nancy Gauthier, who plays "Fannie May", adding she'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Clampetts "Grandma," also known as Wayne Thomas of Christiana, also said it was a good time.

The Clampetts, comprised of members of the Christiana Lions Club, rode with the Goodtimers Comic Club along the parade route in downtown Philadelphia in their 1929 Chevrolet, singing and dancing with the crowd.

"I pulled the fire chief onto the street and was dancing with the police chief," said Linda Rohrer, or "Aunt Pearl".

Rohrer, of Quarryville, joined the Clampetts five years ago when they needed a fill in for Grandma Thomas. Since then, she's been Aunt Pearl.

"I help to get the crowd going," Rohrer said. "Once the music begins, I just go with the beat."

Gauthier, as Fannie May, rode in the Outhouse being pulled by the jalopy and was interviewed on television. WB17 carried the parade live.

"I don't know why they picked me to interview," she said Tuesday morning.

In an email sent to friends New Year's Eve night, Gauthier, who is a member of both the Christiana and Parkesburg Lions, said her job was to "surprise the crowd" by letting the door to the Outhouse pop open "with me in there acting like I'm doing you-know-what!"

Thomas explained how the Clampetts, who formed in 1993 and went on their first trip in 1994, got to be a part of the Mummers' Parade. He said they were doing the Coatesville City Christmas Parade in early December, where there were also two (Mummers) Stringbands also participating.

"A representative for Good Timers Comic invited us to take part in the parade," he said, adding that one of the group's musicians was excited and checked out the information online.

There were at least 12 Lion members/Clampetts who went along for the ride: Thomas, Gauthier, Rohrer and her son James or "Peanut", Jim Groff, Jim Davis, Tim Kirk and Tim Molley. The musicians were Dave Armstrong, Roger Eberlin, John Hilton and Ron McVey.

"We put speakers on the Outhouse and just drove around," said Thomas.

If there was any negative, it was trying to park in Philadelphia. "Every time we found someplace, they'd tell us, 'no, you can't park here,'" said Thomas, who credited Arthur Rohrer with guiding them around downtown.

This hasn't been the Clampetts only television exposure. In 1999, they toured coast to coast, traveling through 15 states. "We were interviewed several times then," said Thomas. "We'd end up at the end of the newscasts."

The Clampetts tour to raise money for the blind, which is what the Lions Club was formed for, to be knights to the blind.

"We enjoy making the money and using it for (eyesight problems)," said Thomas.

The Clampetts won third place in the float contest.

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