For residents of Bristol and Forestville, the historic Mum Festival Parade is the bringing together of community, families and fun. So, if you are attending the parade today, here are some important details organizers would like you to consider:
* This year’s parade begins exactly at 1:30 PM. Late arrivals will not be allowed to view the parade.
* For those not able to attend the parade during the day, a second parade will be held beginning at 9PM.
* Waving is strictly prohibited. Spectators are reminded to not distract the marchers by waving at them because they need to concentrate on marching.
* Even though the parade is only hours away the route is still not determined because organizers want an organic – free flowing loosey-goosey feel to the event.
* The streets along the parade route are not closed to traffic so marchers, parade floats and spectators must remain alert.
* Unlike prior year’s the Parade Float Race will be held during the parade to give the event some death defying excitement!
A Long (Cursed) Parade History
* The first Mum Festival Parade was held in 1962, which is a long time ago.
* According the Census Report a lot of people that marched in 1962 are now dead and or deceased.
* 1976: In a bizarre accident along the Boulevard, the Shriners in their tiny cars collide. Grown men wearing fezzes are banned for a year.
* 1984: Spectators fall into a bottomless pit along South Street and are presumed “missing.” Authorities believe they are still falling.
* 1991: Parade delayed a week due to tuning a mishap. The Bristol Central Marching Band collides before the parade begins, and it takes three days to untangle the horn section.
* 2010: In a case of collective amnesia no one shows up for the parade.