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  • Greater Kensington is a string band in Philadelphia's annual Mummers Parade. The Greater Kensington String Band was organized in 1946 and first marched in the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade in 1948. The band, known as "GKSB", has taken first prize on three occasions and has finished in the top ten forty one times including seventeen years in the top five. GKSB started in 1946 on Front Street below Lehigh Avenue and moved to a location atop the Cumberland Sho-bar at Kensington Avenue and "A" Street beneath the Market–Frankford Line. In 1960 the band relocated and established its headquarters at 2444 "D" Street. The band is a charter member of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association and, as such, can never change its name. So when the band moved in 1966 to Tacony, it still carried the name of Greater Kensington String Band. The band owns its headquarters on Edmund Street in Northeast Philadelphia. The band has joined with the Mayfair Optimist Club and the Mayfair-Holmesburg Merchants Association to sponsor and help organize the Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Frankford Avenue since 1974. In 1975 the band acquired a catering club license making the hall available for rentals. Wikipedia

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