Mum Festival Committee
BRISTOL – The Mum Festival Committee has announced the Mum Festival Parade award winners.
Mickey Goldwasser, marketing co-chair with the Bristol Mum Festival, said the Mum Festival Committee were excited to bring back the annual Bristol Mum Festival Parade after last year’s absence.
The parade route took marching units from South Street down Main Street, where a large U.S. flag hung across the road, then along Hope Street before ending in front of City Hall.
This year’s parade theme, “Honoring Heroes,” encouraged participants to highlight their thankfulness to those who served the community during covid-19. The parade’s Grand Marshal was Dr. Andrew Lim, Bristol Health’s Director, Emergency Medicine. The parade also honored the city’s Korean War Veterans as this year’s Hometown Heroes.
Goldwasser said a total of 66 parade units participated in the parade, including 14 youth, business and community groups who put together floats highlighting the parade theme.
“One thing is clear, downtown Bristol knows how to welcome a parade,” he said.
Awards were given in the following categories for floats and performances:
First Place, High School Band: Bristol Central High School
Second Place, High School Band: Terryville High School
Third Place, High School Band: Bristol Eastern High School
First Place, Senior Music: Connecticut Patriots Sr. Ancient Fife & Drum Corps
Second Place, Senior Music: The Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife & Drum Corps
First Place, Non-Musical: Bristol Eastern High School Cheerleaders
Second Place, Non-Musical: Saber Guild – Kessel Temple
First Place, Dance Group: Dance Arts Centre
Second Place, Dance Group: The Dance Project
Third Place, Dance Group: Get Up N Dance
Best Overall Award, Given in Memory of Robert Bailey: Connecticut Patriots Sr. Ancient Fife & Drum Corps
Mum Festival Chairperson’s Award: Flips Gymnastics
Hometown Heroes’ Choice Award: West Bristol School
Mayor’s Award: Hubbell School
Parade Chairperson Award, Best Use of Festival Theme (“Honoring Heroes”): Mountain View School
Best Live Flowers: West Bristol School
Best Business Entry, Given in Memory of Sheila Kelley: Flips Gymnastics
Second Place, Best Business: The Dance Experience
First Place, Best Youth: West Bristol School
Second Place, Best Youth: Bristol Girls Little League Softball
Third Place, Best Youth: Hubbell School
Fourth Place, Best Youth: Mountain View School
First Place, Best Community: Bridge Community Church
Second Place, Best Community: Environmental Learning Centers of CT: Indian Rock/Barnes Nature Center
Third Place, Best Community: Riverside Baptist Church