UConn mascot to lead Mum Fest parade

This year’s Mum Fest Parade marshal will be Jonathan The Husky, the mascot of the University of Connecticut.

The parade is Sunday Sept. 25 in downtown Bristol at 1:30 p.m.

Jonathan will be accompanied by the UConn marching band, the UConn Cheerleaders, UConn Dance Team, as well as the cultural fusion dance team “Surya,” who will show off their moves from styles such as Bollywood, Bhangra, Classical, Raas, Lyrical, Hip Hop and much more.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jonathan, the UConn marching band, UConn cheerleaders, UConn Dance Team, and Surya to Bristol to lead off the 2016 Mum Festival Parade,” said Jack Ferraro, Mum squad captain and parade chair in a press release. “Jonathan’s known all over the planet for his energy promoting antics and will definitely pump up the crowds and put smiles on children’s faces! We can’t wait, so get your spot early.”

The husky dog was chosen as the school’s mascot in 1934 through a survey held in the student paper, The Connecticut Campus, explained a press release from the Mum Festival. Following the survey another contest was held to name the mascot, when the husky was eventually named after Connecticut’s Revolutionary War era governor, Jonathan Trumbull.

Jonathan, the UConn Husky mascot, will lead this year's Mum Festival parade on Sept. 25.

Jonathan, the UConn Husky mascot, will lead this year’s Mum Festival parade on Sept. 25.

The UConn dance troupe Surya

The UConn dance troupe Surya

Jonathan, the UConn Husky mascot, will lead this year's Mum Festival parade on Sept. 25.

Jonathan, the UConn Husky mascot, will lead this year’s Mum Festival parade on Sept. 25.

Jonathan, the UConn Husky mascot, will lead this year's Mum Festival parade on Sept. 25.

Jonathan, the UConn Husky mascot, will lead this year’s Mum Festival parade on Sept. 25.

Jonathan, the UConn Husky mascot, will lead this year's Mum Festival parade on Sept. 25.

Jonathan, the UConn Husky mascot, will lead this year’s Mum Festival parade on Sept. 25.

Jonathan, the UConn Husky mascot, will lead this year's Mum Festival parade on Sept. 25.

Jonathan, the UConn Husky mascot, will lead this year’s Mum Festival parade on Sept. 25.