Mum Festival Gala

Join us as we bring back the Mum Festival Gala! Each year we restore another historic Mum Festival event. The Mum Festival Gala (Ball), was a wonderful event in Bristol, bringing out almost 600 guests to the old Bristol Centre Mall in the day. The night will be a classy evening to enjoy with all your friends.

Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing, Silent Auction and Raffle. Music by Marty Q and his band!! If you don’t want to dance, just sit back and listen to these fabulous musicians bringing you back with some great music and entertainment.

Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot now, as another historic Bristol Icon returns to the Mum City!   You won’t want to miss this event…

Tickets are now on sale online at:  The Mum Festival Square Store

Tickets are also available at the following locations as of July 1, 2018:

Remember… “Mums the Word…”

2nd Annual Mum Festival Firefly Hollow Fundraiser

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Come Join Us at the 2nd Annual Mum Festival Firefly Hollow Fundraiser on June 3rd! Enjoy an evening of Fun, Food, Music and Brew with your 2018 Mum Festival Team!  Great way to support the Mum Festival and some great charities. Tickets are $20.00 and are available online at Fundraiser Tickets or through any Mum Festival Committee Member.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $25.00 per person.  Raffles & Cash Bar

For More Information: Firefly Fundraiser Flyer

1st Annual Indoor Flea Market and Craft Fair

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Saturday April 21 and
Sunday, April 22, 2018

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bristol Polish Citizens Club

Fundraiser for Bristol Mum Festival

Over 30 Vendors will be on hand for your shopping pleasure!  Join us as we kick-off our very first Indoor Craft Fair!  There will also be food available for lunch or dinner.



Saturday vendors are now full, however we may have spots for Sunday, so contact Linda Salisbury @ 860-845-8244 or complete the attached form.  Flea Market-Tag Sale Vendor FORM



2018 Mum Parade

The Chrysanthemum (Mum) Parade was started 57 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 is funded by the City of Bristol. Come join the fun and excitement!  

For more information, please email


Click Link above in Blue, or go to the Mum Parade Link on the right to complete and submit an application.

New 2018 Mum Parade Route!

The new 2018 Parade Route changes were requested at a recent meeting of the Marching Band and Drum Corps Directors.  The major change is North Main Street, where the Parade will now officially end.  Spectators should avoid North Main Street, as the parade will no longer travel this road. 

PARADE ROUTE AS OF January 19, 2018   


Starts at the top of Race Street  

– Left on West Street

–  Left on South Street

– Left on East Street

– Left on Memorial Boulevard (West Bound Lane)

–  Right on North Main Street where Parade Ends

All parade units will disperse on North Main Street to either side of street as far up as needed (yellow).


Parade Route - 2018

South Street to East Street to the West Bound Side of Memorial Boulevard. 


Donations Needed for 2018 Festival


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…!”


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.

2017 Mum Parade Awards

2017 Mum Parade Winners

BRISTOL — On the hottest parade day in recent memory, shining examples of why “Home Is Where The Heart Is” were on full display as hundreds of marchers, musicians, dancers, float riders, and more took to heart the Mum Festival theme during the 56th annual Bristol Mum Festival Parade on Sunday, Sept. 24. Many thanks to our Festival Chairman, Festival Parade Chair, Vice Chairs, our City Departments, City Officials and all the wonderful volunteers that made the 2017 Mum Festival a huge success! A special shout-out to all our supporters that came out for one of the hottest Festival weeks in recent history. So thankful for no rain!!

This year’s award-winning floats and marching units were chosen from more than 100 local school groups, veterans’ organizations, scout groups, businesses, bands, civic clubs and more. Awards presented include the Hometown Hero award, selected by 2017 Hometown Hero Bob Montgomery; awards judged and selected by the mayor and organizers of the festival and the parade; one for the “Best Use” of festival theme “Home Is Where The Heart Is”; and more.

Awards presented for marching units that braved the heat and performed along the parade route include the Robert Bailey Best Overall award, presented this year to the Torrington High School Marching Band. 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: Torrington High School Marching Band

First Place, High School Band: Northwestern Regional High School

Second Place, High School Band: Terryville High School

Third Place, High School Band: Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern High School Bands

First Place, Senior Music: Connecticut Patriots Senior Ancient Drum Corps

First Place, Non Musical: Flips Gymnastics

Second Place, Non Musical: Rivera & Hughes Southend Cheerleaders

First Place, Dance Group: Dance Arts Center

Second Place, Dance Group: Get Up N Dance

Third Place, Dance Group: Nutmeg Performing Arts Center


Mum Festival Chairperson’s Award: Lights on Rosewood

Hometown Hero’s Choice Award: The Home Depot

Mayor’s Award: Edgewood School

Best Business Entry: Jillybean’s Farmstand

Second Place, Best Business: Flips Gymnastics

First Place, Best Youth: South Side School

Second Place, Best Youth: Bristol FC Gymnastics

Third Place, Best Youth: Cub Scout Pack 432

Fourth Place, Best Youth: Bristol Bulldogs Youth Football & Cheer

Parade Chairperson Award, Best Use of Festival Theme (“Home Is Where The Heart Is”): Mountain View School

Best Live Flowers: The Salvation Army

First Place, Best Community: Bridge Community Church

Second Place, Best Community: Bristol Lions Club

Third Place, Best Community: Hillside Community Church

For more information about the festival, visit

If you did not receive your Award, our Parade Chair, Dianna Tack, will be in contact with you.    You may also reach out to her at the Mum Parade email address at:

Amazon Smile is Here!

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.
The Greater Bristol Exchange Club
Directors of the Mum Festival & Parade
Thank you for your support!