Bristol Mum Festival
The Bristol Mum Festival is an annual festival in Bristol, Connecticut which includes a Mum Parade in Connecticut. The festival celebrates chrysanthemums, formerly a major product of the town, and was first held on July 7, 1961. The members of the Chamber of Commerce and City of Bristol officials assembled a list of activities to take place over six days. They wanted to focus on the positive things happening in Bristol.
When the festival opened it was originally known as the Fall Festival. In 1963 the Chrysanthemum (mum) was also added to the festival's name. Prior to 1986 (when production stopped), the nurseries in Bristol produced over 80,000 mum plants, with acres of land covered in mums. During the festival over 10,000 people would visit the nurseries.
Today the events include a parade, carnival, gala, and Miss Mum competition. The events help to show how important Bristol is and what is going on in the city. Thousands attend the festival each year.
The event was going to be cancelled before its 55th festival, however thanks to the Exchange Club of Bristol, the event was saved. The 55th Festival, including the Mum Parade, was one of the largest on record.
Mum Festival Continues: