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…!”
OR DONATE $25 OR MORE THRU OUR GENEROSITY FUNDRAISER AND GET THIS EXCLUSIVE 2017 MUM FEST TOTE WHEN YOU VISIT US AT OUR HOSPITALITY TENT!
All sponsorships will be tax deductible via 501(c) 3 non profit event partner The Bristol Exchange Club. The Bristol Mum Festival is made possible by The Bristol Exchange Club, and The City Of Bristol. The Bristol Exchange Club is a tax exempt organization under the 501(c)(3) IRS Code.
The 55th Annual Mum Festival Parade is now available for viewing on Nutmeg TV “On Demand”. To watch it anytime “On Demand”, go to www.NutmegTV.Org.
Photographs are also available at http://www.bristolct.org/. A Special thanks to Nutmeg TV & BristolCT.Org for their coninued support of this great event! See you all next year for the 56th Annual Mum Festival!
“Bristol’s Best-Kept Secrets” were on full display as hundreds of marchers, musicians, dancers, float riders, and more took to heart the Mum Festival theme during the 55th annual Bristol Mum Festival Parade on Sunday, Sept. 25. Over 14,000 spectators lined the parade route from Race Street to Memorial Boulevard.
This year’s award-winning floats and marching units were chosen from more than 110 local school groups, veterans’ organizations, scout groups, businesses, bands, civic clubs and more. Awards presented include the Hometown Hero award, selected by 2016 Hometown Hero Dave Peplau; awards judged and selected by the mayor and organizers of the festival and the parade; our Parade Chairman’s Award for the “Best Use” of festival theme “Bristol’s Best Kept Secrets”; and more.
This year’s Robert Bailey Best Overall award was presented to the University of Connecticut Marching Band, which, accompanied by cheerleaders, the dance team, and Mum Parade Grand Marshal, UConn mascot Jonathan the Husky, was a parade crowd favorite. The Best Overall award has been given since 2013 in honor of longtime parade volunteer, the late 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:
University of Connecticut Marching Band
First Place, High School Band:
Lewis S. Mills High School Spartan Marching Band
Second Place, High School Band: Torrington High School
Third Place, High School Band: Northwestern Regional High School
First Place, Senior Music: Connecticut Patriots Senior Ancient Drum Corps
First Place, Junior Music: Marquis of Granby Junior Ancient Fyfe & Drum Corps
First Place, Non Musical: American Legion Post 2
Second Place, Non Musical: Flips Gymnastics
First Place, Fire Department: Bristol Fire Department
First Place, Dance Group: Nutmeg Performing Arts Center
Second Place, Dance Group: Get Up N Dance
Third Place, Dance Group: YWCA School of Dance
Parade Chairman’s Award, Best Use of Festival Theme (“Best Kept Secrets”):
St. Paul Catholic High School
Mum Festival Chairperson’s Award: South Side School
Hometown Hero’s Choice Award: Immanuel Lutheran Church and School
Mayor’s Award: West Bristol School
Best Business Entry: Home Depot
Second Place, Best Business: Flips Gymnastics
First Place, Best Youth: Bristol Girls Softball
Second Place, Best Youth: Cub Scout Pack 15
Third Place, Best Youth: Bristol Catholic Schools, St. Joseph and St. Matthew
Fourth Place, Best Youth: Cub Scout Pack 432
Best Live Flowers: South Side School
First Place, Best Community: Bristol Historical Society
Second Place, Best Community: Bridge Community Church
The Chrysanthemum (Mum) Parade was started 56 years ago. It is one of the State’s largest parades, featuring Bristol and surrounding area businesses, organizations, marching bands and units, and over 40 wonderful floats. The parade has been produced by the Greater Bristol Exchange Club for over 50 years. The Parade sponsor is the City of Bristol. Come join the fun and excitement!
For more information, please email BristolMumParade@gmail.com.
Click Link above in Blue, or go to the Mum Parade Link on the right to complete and submit an application.
PARADE ROUTE AS OF September 1, 2017 PLEASE NOTE CHANGE
– Left on West Street- Starts on Race Street
– Left on School Street
– Right on Church Street
– Left on South Street
– Left on East Street
– Left on Memorial Boulevard (West Bound Lane)
– Right on Main Street
– Left on Rt. 72 Extention
– Right on North Main Street
– Ends just past City Hall.
The Parade formerly traveled to the end of West Street and turned left onto South Street and then left onto Mellen Street, but will now turn left onto East St and come back down the Boulevard (Westbound Lane)! It allows the larger Marching Bands and vehicles a better turn radius. It also allows for expansion of the Festival, and safer pedestrian crossing.