2016 Mum Festival Parade Winners Announced

Lewis S. Mills High School marching band

First Place, High School Band: Lewis S. Mills High School Spartan Marching Band

“Bristol’s Best-Kept Secrets” were on full display as hundreds of marchers, musicians, dancers, float riders, and more took to heart the Mum Festival theme during the 55th annual Bristol Mum Festival Parade on Sunday, Sept. 25. Over 14,000 spectators lined the parade route from Race Street to Memorial Boulevard.

This year’s award-winning floats and marching units were chosen from more than 110 local school groups, veterans’ organizations, scout groups, businesses, bands, civic clubs and more. Awards presented include the Hometown Hero award, selected by 2016 Hometown Hero Dave Peplau; awards judged and selected by the mayor and organizers of the festival and the parade; our Parade Chairman’s Award for the “Best Use” of festival theme “Bristol’s Best Kept Secrets”; and more.

This year’s Robert Bailey Best Overall award was presented to the University of Connecticut Marching Band, which, accompanied by cheerleaders, the dance team, and Mum Parade Grand Marshal, UConn mascot Jonathan the Husky, was a parade crowd favorite. The Best Overall award has been given since 2013 in honor of longtime parade volunteer, the late Bob Bailey, to the marching unit which garners the best overall scores in the parade as judged by a panel of professional parade judges.


Best Overall Award, Given in Memory of Robert Bailey: University of Connecticut Marching Band

First Place, High School Band: Lewis S. Mills High School Spartan Marching Band

Second Place, High School Band: Torrington High School

Third Place, High School Band: Northwestern Regional High School

First Place, Senior Music: Connecticut Patriots Senior Ancient Drum Corps

First Place, Junior Music: Marquis of Granby Junior Ancient Fyfe & Drum Corps

First Place, Non Musical: American Legion Post 2

Second Place, Non Musical: Flips Gymnastics

First Place, Fire Department: Bristol Fire Department

First Place, Dance Group: Nutmeg Performing Arts Center

Second Place, Dance Group: Get Up N Dance

Third Place, Dance Group: YWCA School of Dance


Parade Chairman’s Award, Best Use of Festival Theme (“Best Kept Secrets”):
St. Paul Catholic High School

Mum Festival Chairperson’s Award: South Side School

Hometown Hero’s Choice Award: Immanuel Lutheran Church and School

Mayor’s Award: West Bristol School

Best Business Entry: Home Depot

Second Place, Best Business: Flips Gymnastics

First Place, Best Youth: Bristol Girls Softball

Second Place, Best Youth: Cub Scout Pack 15

Third Place, Best Youth: Bristol Catholic Schools, St. Joseph and St. Matthew

Fourth Place, Best Youth: Cub Scout Pack 432

Best Live Flowers: South Side School

First Place, Best Community: Bristol Historical Society

Second Place, Best Community: Bridge Community Church



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