2022 Mum Parade Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022
2022 Mum Parade Winners

BRISTOL — The streets of downtown Bristol were awash in “Flower Power” on Sunday, as the
annual Bristol Mum Festival Parade stepped off for its 60th annual edition. Local schools, churches, clubs, businesses, and more were invited to craft floats in line with the parade theme, “Celebrating 60 Years of Flower Power.” Among the groups that took the theme to heart were Ivy Drive School, which was presented with the Parade Chairperson’s Best Use of Theme Award for their float; St. Matthew School, which was honored with the Best Live Flowers award; and Wojtusik Nursery and Christmas Shop, which won the award for Best Business float, given each year in memory of Sheila Kelley. This year, more than 60 units participated in the parade, and 21 of those groups crafted floats.

“It was truly an epic 60th year for the festival, and the parade,” said Mum Festival Chairman Jack Ferraro. “And the weather held off for the parade – just a few refreshing drops of rain.”

Other parade units of note included this years Hometown Heroes, the city’s Vietnam Veterans.
Parade Marshal was Taylor Kinzler, host of NBC Connecticut’s lifestyle show, CT Live! And the
Connecticut Patriots Fife & Drum Corps took home top performance honors, earning itself the
Best Overall Award, selected by independent expert parade performance judges and given in
memory of longtime parade organizer Bob Bailey. The city’s two public high schools’ marching bands combined forces to lead off the parade, followed by their individual cheerleading squads. Each set of cheerleaders put on a strong performance at the reviewing stand, with Bristol Eastern’s group taking the first-place Non Musical award and Bristol Central’s coming in second in the category. Once again, this year’s parade route took marching units on a slightly shorter route than usual, allowing marchers to proceed up Main Street, where the reviewing stand was positioned and where a crew from Nutmeg TV filmed the parade for an upcoming airing.

The Bristol Mum Parade is produced and directed by the Bristol Exchange Club. Awards for the 60th annual Mum Festival Parade were given in the following categories for floats and performances:
Best Overall Award, Given in Memory of Robert Bailey: Connecticut Patriots Fife & Drum Corps
First Place, High School Band: Torrington High School
Second Place, High School Band: Combined Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern High Schools
Third Place, High School Band: Terryville High School
First Place, Non Musical: Bristol Eastern High School Cheerleaders
Second Place, Non Musical: Bristol Central High School Cheerleaders
First Place, Dance Group: Dance Arts Centre
Second Place, Dance Group: Get Up N Dance 
Third Place, Dance Group: The Dance Project

Mum Festival Chairperson’s Award: Lights on Rosewood
Hometown Heroes’ Choice Award: West Bristol School
Mayor’s Award: Edgewood School
Parade Chairperson Award, Best Use of Festival Theme (“60 Years of Flower Power”): Ivy Drive School
Best Live Flowers: St. Matthew School
Best Business Entry, Given in Memory of Sheila Kelley: Wojtusik Nursery Garden Center & Christmas Shop
Second Place, Best Business: Flips Gymnastics
First Place, Best Youth: Hubbell School
Second Place, Best Youth: West Bristol School
Third Place, Best Youth: Ivy Drive School
Fourth Place, Best Youth: Bristol Girls Little League Softball
First Place, Best Community: Bridge Community Church
Second Place, Best Community: Light Up Bristol
Third Place, Best Community: Riverside Baptist Church

For more information on the festival and the parade, visit http://www.bristolmumfestival.com.


2022 Miss Mum Pageant

2022 Bristol Mum Festival Welcomes Miss Mum Pageant Back On Friday, September 23rd! Moves to New Location!

Bristol, CT. – The Mum Festival which has been Bristol’s fall marquee community-focused event for almost 60 years, is proud to announce the return of the celebrated Miss Chrysanthemum Pageant on Friday evening, September 23rd.

As the Festival moves back to Memorial Boulevard this year, the Bristol Exchange Club and the Mum Festival Committee are so excited that the event will take place on the first night of the Mum Festival and will be held in the newly revamped Rockwell Theater in the middle of all the action at the new Memorial Boulevard Intradistrict Arts Magnet School. This year’s pageant will consist of an opening number, choreographed by Nutmeg Performing Arts Studio, an onstage introduction, as well as age-appropriate questions to each of the candidates. There will also be performances by current Miss Chrysanthemum, Camryn Patton and Petite Miss Chrysanthemum, Kyla McQuiggan.  Two new titles will be awarded: 2022 Miss Chrysanthemum and 2022 Little Miss Chrysanthemum.

Under the direction of Miss Mum Pageant Chairperson Brianna Longo, who served as Miss Mum in 1999, the Miss Chrysanthemum Pageant encourages self-confidence, creative accomplishment, community service, and positive role-modeling among young women within the Bristol community. 

“The Miss Mum Pageant is truly a celebration of the young ladies and future leaders in Bristol,” said Miss Mum Chairperson, Brianna Longo. “We are especially excited that this year’s event will be held at the heart of the festival, in the new auditorium that so many Miss Chrysanthemum’s had the honor of competing in.  We are also honored to be part of the opening ceremonies of the Mum Festival.”

The Mum Festival will be held on September 23rd -25th at 70 Memorial Boulevard.

“Miss Chrysanthemum represents the Mum Festival at all events throughout the Festival,” continued Longo. “Important information, applications, and further details are now available on the Pageant’s website: at https://misschrysanthemumpageant.godaddysites.com/ . We are certainly looking forward to continuing this honored Festival tradition that promises to be a highlight of this year’s Mum Festival.”


For more information on the 2022 Mum Festival & Parade, please visit:


The Mum Festival & Parade is Produced by the Exchange Club of Bristol CT INC., a Non-Profit 501-(c)3

The Mum Festival & Parade is a City of Bristol Sponsored Event

Sponsorship & General Inquiries
Jack Ferraro
Jason Fields
Festival General Chair and Vice-Chair
e: mumfestivalbristol@gmail.com
Vendor Inquiries
Andy Adams
Vendor Chair
e: mum.festival.events@gmail.com

Taylor Kinzler 2022 Grand Marshal

Bristol Mum Festival Announces 2022 Grand Marshall – Taylor Kinzler of NBC Connecticut

The 2022 Bristol Mum Festival Committee is proud to announce Taylor Kinzler, host of NBC Connecticut’s lifestyle show, CT Live!, is this year’s Grand Marshall.

Taylor joined the NBC Connecticut team in 2018 to host the network’s first morning lifestyle show. She previously worked from 2015 to 2018 at WABI TV5, the CBS affiliate station in Bangor, Maine, where she reported during the day and anchored their evening newscast. She was the youngest female journalist to earn their evening anchor position. Prior to her time in Maine, Taylor worked at NBC Sports Washington as a production assistant.

She was born in Lakeville, Massachusetts. She is a former Miss Massachusetts, winning the prestigious title in 2012. She graduated from American University in Washington DC with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Law and Society.

Taylor is excited about the opportunity to participate in this year’s festival, noting the importance of the 60th year celebration. She is looking forward to meeting members of the Bristol community.

Taylor is a self-proclaimed foodie and is a travel junkie who loves to explore new places with friends and family. She also admits to being a Netflix binge watcher. She likes romantic comedies but loves scary movies. She volunteers with Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Village, Leading Ladies CT, and serve as a mentor with Best Buddies.

The Mum Festival runs from September 23rd through the 25th