Award winners for the 2013 Bristol Mum Festival Parade, held Sunday, Sept. 22 in downtown Bristol, have been announced.
Mum Festival Chairperson’s Award: St.AnthonySchool
Hometown Hero’s Choice Award: Reach for the Stars Academy of Dance
Mayor’s Award: St.MatthewSchool
Best Business Entry: Wojtusik Nursery and GardenCenter
First Place, Best Youth: Mountain ViewSchool
Second Place, Best Youth: ImmanuelLutheranChurch and School
Third Place, Best Youth:St. JosephSchool Cub Scout Pack 22
Fourth Place, Best Youth: Bristol Boys and Girls Club
Best Use of Festival Theme, “It’s Time to Bloom”: The Dance Experience
Best Live Flowers: Baggott Farms
First Place, Best Community: Bristol Relay for Life
Second Place, Best Community: The Salvation Army
MARCHING AWARDS FOR MUSICAL AND NONMUSICAL UNITS
Best Overall Award, Given in Memory of Robert Bailey: TorringtonHigh School Band
First Place, High School Band: Northwestern RegionalHigh School
Second Place, High School Band: LewisS.MillsHigh School Spartan Marching Band
Third Place, High School Band: BristolCentralHigh School Band
First Place, Senior Music: Connecticut Patriots Senior Ancient Drum Corps
First Place, Junior Music: Marquis of Granby Junior Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corps
First Place, Non Musical: FlipsGymnasticsCenter
Second Place, Non Musical: Bristol Lions Club
Third Place, Non Musical: Bristol Theatre Arts
First Place, Dance Group: Nutmeg Performing Arts Centre
Second Place, Dance Group: Dance Arts Centre
3rd Place, Dance Group: Reach for the StarsAcademy of Dance
First-Place Fire Department: Bristol Fire Department
This year’s parade marks the first time the Best Overall award is being given in memory of the late Robert Bailey, a longtime Mum Festival Parade organizer, judge and volunteer. Bailey, who died April 7, was also active with the fife and drum corps circuit for more than 50 years. His presence at the parade will be missed.
Local viewers who didn’t catch the parade live — or who just want to watch it all over again — have several opportunities to do so from the comfort of their homes. Nutmeg TV is scheduled to air the 2013 parade on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.; and Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. on Comcast channel 95 in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and the Farmington Valley.
For more information about the festival, or to see thousands of photos from the parade as well as from this year’s complete weekend of Mum Festival festivities, visit bristolmumfestival.org.