The annual Jersey Battle of Flowers, which takes place on the Island of Jersey (located between the south coast of the UK & northern France) on the second Thursday and Friday of August, is one of the best places to see a parade or two! Elaborate, brightly-coloured flower-decorated floats are displayed at a parade on the Thursday afternoon and once again on Friday evening at the Midnight Parade. Thousands of fresh chrysanthemums and asters, which are shipped from the UK and Holland, are used to cover each float.
Since the Battle of Flowers is also a competition to create the best float, parade participants work hard to win the coveted “Prix d’Honneur or Prix d’Excellent titles. As a result, the floats are dazzling display of art! Along with the floats, marching bands, dancers and other street performers entertain the thousands of spectators. At the end of the Moonlight Battle, there is a spectacular fireworks display.
The “Battle” refers to the history of the festival, where parade participants would battle spectators by throwing flowers from the parade float. The Jersey Battle of Flowers was first started in 1902, and continues to attracts tens of thousands of visitors to this day, especially those looking for a party atmosphere.
The 2013 Jersey Battle of Flowers took place on August 8-9, 2013. This year’s floats included themes from: Jungle Book, Dr. Who, Super Mario, Mary Poppins, Monopoly, and so much more! Here is a video recap of the event, including some behind the scenes footage:
To see photos and to learn more about the Battle of the Flowers, go to: www.battleofflowers.com
- 2013 Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade (funflowerfacts.com)