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!
The Bristol Parks and Recreation and the Mum Festival Featured an Outdoor Family Movie Night & Pre-Show to kick off the 2018 Mum Festival
On Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Memorial Boulevard School Field we brought the 2018 Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Feature Film, COCO, to the big screen. A Kick-off to the 2018 Mum Festival with a Pre-Show Red Carpet Entry and musical entertainment. Adults and Children also dressed up as their favorite Disney/Pixar character. It was a grand night for all that attended!
Mum Festival Names NBC Connecticut’s Bob Maxon 2018 Mum Festival Grand Marshal
The Mum Festival Committee, in keeping with this year’s theme of “Fall in Love with Bristol’, is very proud and pleased to announce that award-winning meteorologist Bob Maxon will be this year’s Mum Festival Grand Marshal.
As Grand Marshal, Bob will also lead the 57th Annual Mum Festival Parade on Sunday,
September 23rd. This marquee parade is a highlight of the jam-packed, activity filled, family friendly and epic fall Mum Festival weekend. The parade will begin at 1:30 pm and book-ends the celebrated Mum Festival Carnival & Vendor Extravaganza.
“On behalf of the all-volunteer Mum Festival Committee, we are so excited to welcome Bob to Bristol to lead off the 2018 Mum Festival parade,” said Jack Ferraro, Mum Festival Chairman. “Bob is a Connecticut icon who has covered Bristol over the years and is truly a member of our community. We are so honored that he will be a part of this year’s Festival.”
Bob Maxon is the weekday morning meteorologist on NBC Connecticut News Today from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and through the Today Show. He’s been with NBC Connecticut since August 1995. He lives in Simsbury with his wife, Jacqui, their two daughters, Katy and Marleigh and their dogs, Atticus and Louie. An industry veteran, Bob has forecasted the weather for several areas in the northeast. In 1987 he worked for Cable News Center 7 in Ithaca, New York, before making the transition to Binghamton, New York, to work at WMGC in 1988. Between 1989 and 1995, Bob gained most of his experience working for WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire. The American Meteorological Society awarded Bob with its “Seal of Approval” for weather forecasting and broadcasting. During his tenure as a professional meteorologist, Bob has covered many of the major storms that have struck the northeast including Hurricane Bob in 1991, the Great Winter Storm of ’93, and the Blizzard of ’96, the amazing President’s Day Blizzard of 2003, Irene and Sandy, as well as the Blizzard of February 2013. He grew up in Oswego, New York, and graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology. When he is not working, Bob volunteers his time to raise important funds for the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, Special Olympics, American Heart Association, and FAVARH (ARC of Farmington Valley).
“I am very honored to be named the 2018 Grand Marshal and to be included in this year’s Mum Festival festivities,” commented Mr. Maxon. “Bristol is truly one of my favorite places in the state to visit. I’m really looking forward to bringing NBC CT’s weather vehicle “Snow Monster” to the Festival and seeing all the NBC Connecticut fans during the parade. I welcome everyone to join me as we “Fall in Love with Bristol” during the Mum Festival.”
This year’s Festival dates are Thursday, September 20th – Sunday, September 23rd. “Planning for this years’ Mum Festival continues and this year’s Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever,” continued Jack Ferraro. “Look for more information to be released throughout August and September. And, we hope to see everyone in September!” For more information on the 2018 Mum Festival & Parade please visit: www.bristolmumfestival.com.
The Mum Festival & Parade is Directed 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
– Save the Dates of September 20th – 23rd for a Fall Event Like No Other –
Bristol, CT., July 25, 2018 – The Mum Festival Committee, is proud to announce that this year’s Mum Festival theme is “Fall in Love with Bristol” and that this year’s Festival dates are Thursday, September 20th – Sunday, September 23rd.
Over the course of the Festival weekend the 2018 Mum Fest will feature a carnival with amusement rides, dozens of vendors from area businesses, crafters, local producers, restaurants, food trucks, community organizations, non- profits, and museums. Admission is free and in addition the Festival will feature children’s programming, a petting zoo, pony rides, touch-a-vehicle, horse and carriage rides, an Art and Jazz Gala, great food, a beer and wine garden, all-day live music and entertainment, a car show, a Harley bike show, Fireworks on Friday night, the famous traditional Mum parade on Sunday and so much more.
“There is something for everyone” said Jack Ferraro, Mum Festival Chairman. “The Mum Festival has been a part of Bristol History for almost six decades and the all-volunteer Mum Festival Committee has put together a very a special event that truly showcases the best that Bristol has to offer.”
As the Fall approaches the Committee is looking for those interested in becoming Festival sponsors, vendors, volunteers or those individual or organizations interested in participating in the Mum Festival Parade.
While the event is filling up quickly, Vendor applications and Parade applications are still being accepted.
“Planning for this years’ Mum Festival is fully underway and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever,” continued Jack Ferraro. “Look for more information to be released throughout the summer and early fall. And remember, we need your support!”
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, Door Prizes and Raffles. 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…
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
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!
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 changes are Main Street to Riverside Avenue Extension to North Main Street. Spectators should avoid these streets as they are the end of the performing route. All units will disperse as they travel onto North Main Street.
PARADE ROUTE AS OF January 19, 2018
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE
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 Main Street and a quick Left on Riverside Avenue Extension
– Right on North Main Street. The Parade will end between Riverside Avenue
Extension and the beginning of North Main Street. For spectators, the
parade will not continue down North Main as it did in the past.
2018 Mum Festival Parade Route
All parade units will disperse on North Main Street to either side of street as far up as needed. The Fourth Division may use either side of Riverside Avenue Extension as well (yellow).
South Street to East Street to the West Bound Side of Memorial Boulevard.