This year’s Mum Parade Theme has been selected for 2019:
The Theme was narrowed down from approximately twelve great entries, and then the top three voted on, 1. “Growing Together, 2. “A Community In Motion”, 3. “We Hope, We Dream, We Grow”. We thank the Mum Festival Marketing Committee for developing some great ideas to select from! There will be a press release soon.
The attached file contains the entire history of the Mum Festival, and the wonderful volunteers that have given their time, talents and treasures to this historic event. As you browse through the many pages, starting in 1962, you will note many pillars of the Bristol Community. The files are an accurate record from 1962 – 2014… We Thank Mum Festival Historian Casimir Podlaski for his time assembling this historic information.
Past Festival Marshals included celebrities like Martin Milner, Kent McCord, TV Personalities of the “Adam-12” Show; Art Fleming, TV Personality of the TV Show “Jeopardy”; Bob Clayton, TV Personality – Channel 30, “Concentration”; Marlo Thomas, TV Personality from the “That Girl” Show; Bob Crane, TV Personality from the “Hogan’s Heroes” Show; Gary Burghoff, TV Personality from the “MASH” Show, and several others.
We hope you can join this effort to put on this amazing festival in the heart of our state for all to converge, and we thank you for your time and support in advance. There’s just one last thing we’d like to say, “Mum’s the Word…!”
DONATE TODAY BY CLICKING THE ‘DONATE NOW’ BUTTON!
All sponsorships are tax deductible via 501(c) 3 non profit event partner The Exchange Club of Bristol CT, Inc. The Bristol Mum Festival is made possible by The Bristol Exchange Club, The City Of Bristol and our Sponsors. The Exchange Club of Bristol CT, Inc., is a tax exempt organization under the 501(c)(3) IRS Code.
BRISTOL — For anyone who didn’t love the city already, the 57th Annual Bristol Mum Parade provided many reasons to “Fall In Love With Bristol” on Sunday, Sept. 23.
A lovely early fall day provided a perfect stage for more than 100 schools, churches, veterans’ and military organizations, scout groups, businesses, bands, civic clubs and more. Parade awards presented include the Hometown Hero award, selected by 2018 Hometown Hero Ed Pelkey; awards judged and selected by the mayor, festival chairman and parade chair; one for the “Best Use” of festival theme “Fall In Love With Bristol”; and of course, one for Best Live Flowers, a nod to the festival’s origins celebrating the city’s chrysanthemum harvest.
“It was a wonderful day,” said Parade Chairperson Dianna Tack. “We are so appreciative of all our participants, and all the spectators along the route. It’s really a very special day in Bristol.”
Awards presented for marching units that performed along the parade route include the Robert Bailey Best Overall award, presented this year to a Mum Festival Parade newcomer, the Woodland String Band, one of the original Philadelphia Mummers Bands. The Best Overall award has been given since 2013 in memory of longtime parade volunteer Bob Bailey to the marching unit which garners the best overall scores in the parade as judged by a panel of professional parade judges.
Best Overall Award, Given in Memory of Robert Bailey:
Philadelphia Mummers – Woodland String Band
First Place, High School Band: Torrington High School
Second Place, High School Band: Terryville High School
Third Place, High School Band: Bristol Eastern High School
First Place, Senior Music: Philadelphia Mummers – Woodland String Band
First Place, Non Musical: Bristol Future Champions Gymnastics
Second Place, Non Musical: Rivera & Hughes Southend Cheerleaders
First Place, Dance Group: Get Up & Dance
Second Place, Dance Group: The Dance Experience
Third Place, Dance Group: Dance Arts Centre
Mum Festival Chairperson’s Award: Hillside Community Church
Hometown Hero’s Choice Award: Edgewood School
Mayor’s Award: Wojtusik’s Nursery
Best Business Entry: Wojtusik’s Nursery
Second Place, Best Business: Home Depot
First Place, Best Youth: Immanuel Lutheran Church and School
Second Place, Best Youth: Edgewood School
Third Place, Best Youth: South Side School
Fourth Place, Best Youth: Bristol Lacrosse
Parade Chairperson Award, Best Use of Festival Theme (“Fall In Love With Bristol”): West Bristol School
Best Live Flowers: Jillybean’s Farmstand
First Place, Best Community: Bridge Community Church
Second Place, Best Community: Hillside Community Church
Information will also be posted to our Facebook Page!
As you shop for yourself or for family and friends for that special occasion, please shop Amazon Smile to help support The Exchange Club of Bristol! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Exchange Club Of Bristol whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/06-6108616
The Greater Bristol Exchange Club Directors of the Mum Festival & Parade