Registration deadline to march in Mum Parade Sept. 4

It’s not too late to register for this year’s Bristol Mum Festival Parade, but there isn’t much time left.

Schools, marching bands, clubs, churches, fire departments, scout groups, dancers, veterans’ groups, musical/theater groups, local businesses, car enthusiasts, and many more community organizations and individuals from the Mum City and surrounding towns will take part in the parade, scheduled to step off at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28.

In a press release, parade organizers said they expect to meet to lay out the lineup of the 53rd annual edition of the parade next week, and get parade orders — that is, a rundown of instructions including specific directions as to where each unit will appear within the four-division-long parade — out to participants the following week.

But it’s not too late to get your registration in, especially if you are part of a school group just getting organized after the summer. There are already about 80 units signed up, and there are probably another 20 or 30 units expected in the next week or so.

To ensure a good spot, all groups should have their registrations in by Thursday, Sept. 4.

This year’s Mum Festival theme is “Volunteers, the Heart of Bristol.” Awards will be presented for Best Use of Festival Theme as well as for marching units and for floats, and several special awards chosen by festival luminaries such as the Hometown Hero. This year will also mark the second year a Best Overall award is presented in honor of longtime parade judge and organizer Bob Bailey.

Those who watch the parade from the reviewing stand area along Memorial Boulevard will be able to hear announcements, parade history, music and more from masters of ceremonies Michele Boyko and David Mills and longtime parade DJ Tim Maynard.

Groups may register for the parade online anytime at www.bristolmumfestival.org/mumfestival/pages/paradesignup.asp (or go to the main festival page at www.bristolmumfestival.org and look for the parade registration link).

To receive a paper application or for more information, send an e-mail with your group’s name and mailing address to bristolmumparade@gmail.com or call 860-585-6748 or 860-585-6750.