BRISTOL – With the quickly approaching end of September, the Mum Festival Committee has chosen NBC Connecticut’s Taylor Kinzler to be the celebration’s grand marshal.
“I’m so honored to be a part of such a special tradition,” said Kinzler in an email to the Press. “I can’t wait to meet all of the small business owners, vendors and volunteers who help to make this event come to life.”
According to information provided by the committee, Kinzler hosts the lifestyle show CT Live! and joined NBC Connecticut in 2018. She was considered the youngest woman to become WABI TV5’s evening anchor. Located in Bangor, Maine, the journalist worked with the CBS affiliate station from 2015 to 2018. Before her role in Maine, she also served as production assistant with NBC Sports Washington.
Kinzler was named Miss Massachusetts in 2012 and has a degree in broadcast journalism, having minored in law and society, from Washington, D.C.’s American University.
Kinzler has described herself as a “travel Junkie” and “foodie” and enjoys visiting new spaces with her family and friends. She has volunteered with Leading Ladies CT, the Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Village and been a Best Buddies mentor.
“We like to have a local celebrity and sometimes they’re from the community and sometimes a news organization,” said Marie Salice, festival entertainment chair. “I think she’s very outgoing, very positive and sunny. Whenever I see her interview, she’s engaged and interested in the person she’s talking to and the story they have to tell.”
Salice said she felt having Kinzler at the Mum Festival would be a good way of showcasing its qualities across the state and her presence would be a welcome contribution to the weekend’s activities.
The Mum Festival’s grand marshal will often participate in events throughout the weekend, but each one can have their own approach to the festival.
“They’ll take part in things like ceremonies, (potentially judge contests) and be a part of the celebration,” said the chair.
Mum Festival will begin Friday with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. The Mum Festival Parade will start around 1:30 p.m. Sunday and events are slated throughout the weekend. Schedules are subject to potential changes.