I’ve released a Python based string parser on GitHub. This was part of a much more ambitious project that fell through, but I extracted the good part.
Axaxaxas is a Python 3.3 implementation of an Earley Parser. Earley parsers are a robust parser that can recognize any context-free grammar, with good support for amiguous grammars. They have linear performance for a wide class of grammars, and worst case .
The main goals of this implementation are ease of use, customization, and requiring no pre-processing step for the grammar. You may find the Marpa project better suits high performance needs.
Documentation can be found at: http://axaxaxas.readthedocs.org