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Jersey Battle of Flowers

Battle of Flowers

Daytime Parade

13th August 2020

Battle of Flowers

Moonlight Parade

14th August 2020

One of the biggest and most colourful floral carnivals in Europe.

The famous Jersey Battle of Flowers was first staged in 1902 as a celebration of a Royal Coronation for King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. It was enormously successful so the organisers repeated it next year. From that summer tradition the floral parade has has grown and grown over the past 113 years to become one of the biggest floral carnivals in Europe and of course, it is a major highlight in the Jersey summer calendar.

In those early days, the floral floats were usually horse drawn and smothered in fresh flowers which were torn from the float and thrown to ladies in the crowd, hoping that the flowers would be flirtatiously thrown back! This became a tradition and so it became the Battle of Flowers, a summer parade that continues to this day.

The Battles have been suspended twice during the last century, ironically both times due to World Wars. After the Occupation of the Channel Islands in the Second World War, it was not until the 1950’s that it was decided a revival was needed to boost the Island’s tourism industry and community spirit and pride.

The Battle of Flowers is always held on the second Thursday and Friday of August with a Miss Jersey Battle representative being chosen early in the year. The lucky girl then represents Jersey at functions on and off the island and will lead the main parades.

Competition amongst the competitors remains strong with a sense of community commitment and pride. The horse drawn floats have been replaced by motorised ones, up to 45 feet in length and smothered in fresh and dried flowers with the designs being kept a closely guarded secret. The Islanders work for months on their intricate designs to produce a floral masterpiece that is only unveiled as the float makes it way to the parade arena.

Tens of thousands of spectators line the route along Jersey’s sea front on the Thursday afternoon to enjoy the carnival atmosphere and to cheer the floral masterpieces of chrysanthemums, asters and other fresh and dried flowers adorning the floats. There is fierce competition for the awards of best set design, best costume and animation with the major prize of Prix d’Honnour to fight for.

On Friday evening there is a magical Moonlight Parade when the floral floats are illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights for a real carnival atmosphere and the exhibitors have the chance to party the night away!

Girls in pink dresses at Jerseys Battle of Flowers
Yellow petal seashell at Jersey Battle of Flowers
Pink fairies dancing