City pride abound at 60th annual Mum Parade

Published on Sunday, 25 September 2022 16:14
Written by

Erica Drzewiecki

@drzewieckinbh

BRISTOL - The sidewalks downtown were overflowing with people Sunday, as the 60th annual Mum Parade made its way through.

“The floats are amazing - all the creativity,” said Robin Euglow, who volunteered at this past weekend’s festivities.

This is just an awesome family fun, citywide event,” she added. “The turnout’s been phenomenal and the weather’s holding up.”

There were a few scattered showers in the area, but that didn’t stop the parade from processing down West Street or Bristol residents from turning out to experience it.

The procession did take a new, shorter route this year, still beginning on Race Street and heading down West Street, bearing left on South Street, but then heading up Main Street and ending at the corner of North Main and Riverside Avenue.

All the local high school bands marched, along with community groups, houses of worship, city officials and veterans.

“It is a wonderful pleasure to see people back out there enjoying downtown Bristol,” Mayor Jeff Caggiano pointed out as he marched, waving to people lining the streets.

This was his first Mum Parade as Bristol’s Mayor.

“It’s been really great to see the community come out and enjoy themselves,” he added.

In honor of its 60th year running, the Bristol Exchange Club named the festival theme “Flower Power.”

Floats were adorned accordingly, with colorful flowers (including mums) and 1960s’ era decorations.

“We all wait for this every year,” Catherine Stranieri said as she watched the parade head up Main Street. “The whole thing. That’s what makes a parade. It’s nice to have this after the pandemic. Look at all the people out to see it.”

Entertainment took place throughout the day on the main stage and vendors sold cotton candy, popcorn and other treats.

Well before the parade even started, a Hometown Hero Breakfast took place at the Bristol Elks Lodge 1010. Mum Festival volunteers, Bristol Exchange Club members, families and veterans attended. This year’s Hometown Heroes were Bristol Vietnam veterans.

Local veterans who served during various conflicts and wars also rode in six vehicles in the parade.

But the Mum fun is not over just yet.

Mum Festival Bingo is set to take place Oct. 16 at the Bristol Polish Club. Doors open at 11 a.m. and games start at 2 p.m.

Then on Nov. 5 there will be a Mum Festival Indoor Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bristol Polish Club.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at edrzewiecki@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Sunday, 25 September 2022 16:14. Updated: Sunday, 25 September 2022 16:16.