Mum Fest parade winners announced

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



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


Hometown Hero Tim Gamache waves to the crowds during Sunday's Mum Festival parade.

Hometown Hero Tim Gamache waves to the crowds during Sunday’s Mum Festival parade.