Get Involved

Volunteer

We need you! And we are truly grateful to anyone who can help with this festival! Our hope is that volunteers will enjoy and take pride in this enriching, community building festival. Volunteers play a vital role in these events–even the smallest efforts have a big effect!

All volunteers will receive a beautiful Festival t-shirt for your help. Anyone interested in getting involved with the Festival should contact the Mummers Festival team.

To become a volunteer, please sign up here:

Volunteer Web Button

If you have trouble with the online sign up sheet, please send an email to volunteer@mummersfestival.ca.
Be sure to include:

  1. your full name
  2. your phone number
  3. the role(s) you would like to take on
  4. your email address

Volunteer activities include:

Postering

  • November 23th to 28th
  • Various Locations
  • Put up posters and postcards in various locations throughout the Avalon Peninsula.
  • Please include the area(s) you can poster in the “My Comments” box on our online signup form. It should take 1-3 hours. We need help in the following areas: St. John’s (East, West, Downtown, Central, North), Memorial University, Mount Pearl, Torbay, Flatrock, Pouch Cove, Portugal Cove/St. Philips, Bell Island, CBS, Goulds, Southern Shore, Placentia/Argentia, Conception Bay North.

Distributing Notice of Delay Letters

  • (2-4 volunteers needed)
  • Mummers Parade Route
  • Monday, December 14th
  • Help put our Notice of Delay Letter and Postcard in mailboxes along our Parade Route. Can be done anytime between December 14th and 16th.

Workshop Prep Night

  • (Unlimited volunteers welcome!)
  • Victoria Park Poolhouse
  • Tuesday, November 24th (6pm to 9pm)
  • Wednesday, November 25th (6pm to 9pm)
  • Thursday, November 26th (6 to 9pm)
  • Help us prepare for our workshops by cutting templates for Hobby Horses and Ship hats, prepping cans to be used for ugly sticks, as well as organizing other workshop materials.

Bra Banner Sewers

  • (4-6 volunteers needed per session)
  • Victoria Park Poolhouse
  • Sunday, November 29th (1pm to 4pm)
  • Monday, November 30th (1pm to 4pm)
  • Help assemble our bra banners that will be used for decorations at the Scuff ‘n’ Scoff following the parade. This will involve sewing, so volunteers should be able to handle a needle and thread and feel comfortable with basic stitches. We ask that volunteers who sign up for this project attend both sessions if possible.

Hobby Horse Workshop Assistants

  • (4 volunteers needed per session)
  • Victoria Park Poolhouse
  • Thursday, December 3rd (5pm to 9pm)
  • Saturday, December 5th (12pm to 5pm)
  • Sunday, December 6th (12pm to 5pm)
  • Help people make hobby horses. You need to have made a horse at one of our workshops from previous years to help with this. If you attend our first workshop you can teach at the other workshops.

Pouch Cove’s Ribbon Rig Workshop Assistants

  • (4 volunteers needed)
  • Victoria Park Poolhouse
  • Thursday, December 10th (5pm to 9pm)
  • Saturday, December 12th (12pm to 5pm)
  • Help people make Fool’s outfits and masks. This workshop involves attaching ribbons onto clothing as well as helping put together cardboard mask templates.

Ugly Stick Workshop Helpers

  • (4 volunteers needed per session)
  • Victoria Park Poolhouse
  • Sunday, December 13th (12pm to 5pm)
  • Monday, December 14th (5pm to 9pm)
  • Help people make ugly sticks. You need to have made an ugly stick before or you need to have experience with power tools.

(Ship) Hat of Fools Workshop Assistants

  • (6 volunteers needed per session)
  • Victoria Park Poolhouse
  • Wednesday, December 16th (5pm to 9pm)
  • Thursday, December 17th (5pm to 9pm)
  • Help people make ship hats. We will show you how to put one together when you first arrive for the evening so you will be well equipped to aid others in the process.

Movers and Drivers with Trucks

  • (6 volunteers needed)
  • Bishop Feild School
  • Saturday, December 19th (9am to 11am)
  • Sunday, December 20th (9am to 11am) *If event is cancelled on the 19th
  • Help us move large items from various locations in St. John’s to Bishop Feild School for our Rig Up and Scuff ‘n’ Scoff. Either have a truck for loading or some strength to help move things. This will happen at various times in the morning.

Rig Up Helpers

  • (6 volunteers needed)
  • Bishop Feild School
  • Saturday, December 19th (9am to 11am)
  • Sunday, December 20th (9am to 11am) *If event is cancelled on the 19th
  • Help set up clothing, mirrors, and signs for the Rig Up.

Set Up Team for Scuff ‘n’ Scoff

  • (8 volunteers needed)
  • Bishop Feild School
  • Saturday, December 19th (9am to 12pm)
  • Sunday, December 20th (9am to 12pm) *If event is cancelled on the 19th
  • Hang bra banners, set up tables and trash cans, decorate a shed or two, set up a sponsor sign, set up our photo booth. If you have skills with tools that will help but not necessary.

Parade Sign Mummers

  • (5 volunteers needed)
  • Bishop Feild School
  • Saturday, December 19th (1:30pm to 3pm)
  • Sunday, December 20th (1:30pm to 3pm) *If event is cancelled on the 19th
  • Dress as a mummer and carry our Festival banner at the front of the Parade.

Food and Drink Mummers

  • (6 volunteers needed)
  • Bishop Feild School
  • Saturday, December 19th (1:00pm to 4pm)
  • Sunday, December 20th (1:00pm to 4pm) *If event is cancelled on the 19th
  • Dress as a mummer and help us serve food and drink at the Scuff ‘n’ Scoff.

Rig Up Clean Team

  • (6 volunteers needed)
  • Bishop Feild School
  • Saturday, December 19th (4pm to 6pm)
  • Sunday, December 20th (4pm to 6pm) *If event is cancelled on the 19th
  • Help us clean up the leftover clothes from the Rig Up. It should take only an hour or so.

Mummers Dozen Pub Crawl Team

  • (20 volunteers needed)
  • George Street
  • Saturday, December 19th (5pm to 10pm)
  • Sunday, December 20th (10pm to 10pm) *If event is cancelled on the 19th
  • Place stamps on Mummers Passports at select bars during our Mummers Dozen Pub Crawl. You will assist in the running of various events and mummer “challenges” at each location.

Scuff ‘n’ Scoff Clean Team

  • (12 volunteers needed)
  • Bishop Feild School
  • Saturday, December 19th (4pm to 6pm)
  • Sunday, December 20th (4pm to 6pm) *If event is cancelled on the 19th
  • Help us take down a stage and clean up after the event. Stage striking will require people who have power tool skills.

Submit to our Mummers Archive

Make your mark on mummer history. Mummering has been going on for a long time here and we want you to share your piece of the puzzle. Mummering has so many different styles and varieties and we would like to put the big picture together as best we can. Your contributions are invaluable.You’re invited to contribute a digital copy of your mummer materials to Memorial University’s Digital Archives Initiative (DAI)as a record of our province’s Christmastime house-visiting tradition. Join our Mummers Festival Facebook group and post your photos, videos, stories, and comments. Start a discussion. We would like to encourage as much dialogue as possible.