Initially introduced in 1902, the Battle of Flowers to celebrate the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. After such a successful parade, it was decided that Jersey would be host to another one the following year. Again, an influential event of horse drawn floats draped in fabulous floral decorations lead the battle of flowers to becoming an annual tradition. Crowds of spectators proudly watched the processions, traditionally tearing a flower from the float and then throw to a lady in the crowd. This is where the name, The Battle of Flowers came from.
The event has gone from strength to strength over the years, and is now Jersey’s premier tourist attraction. There is a great sense of community spirit. The weeks leading up to the event involve a tremendous amount of hard work, as the islanders prepare for the tough competition ahead.
The Battle of Flowers is a great event for all of the Family to enjoy. The Grand Day parade is a spectacular event. Exhibitors are in with the chance of winning several awards and prizes. You can expect musicians, dancers and the marvel of flower covered floats.
The following day is host to the Moonlight Parade. This time the spectacle of floats is also embraced by thousands of lights to give a truly magical effect. The parade commences at 9pm. Expect an enchanting time, the perfect finale to the floral festivities.
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