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Jersey events – Battle of Flowers

Battle of Flowers

9 August 2018

Moonlight Parade

10 August 2018

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the summer calendar of events in Jersey is the spectacular Battle of Flowers taking place around the second Thursday in August. Lasting two days and culminating in a magical illuminated Moonlight Parade and fireworks finale, the event attracts around 20,000 spectators and it’s well worth booking tickets and accommodation in plenty of time!

Book your accommodation and travel

The following taster hotels offer great value with B&B, flight and hotel included. Many other regional airports available:

 

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Miramar
2 star

Every 4th night FREE in Aug 2018!
Gatwick from £295
Manchester from £335
Bristol from £355

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Mountview
3 star rating

Every 5th night FREE in Aug 2018!
Gatwick from £339
Bristol from £375
Manchester from &pound395

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Savoy
4 star rating

Every 5th night FREE in Aug 2018!
Gatwick from £449
Bristol from £489
Manchester from £509

 

What is the Battle of Flowers?

The Battle of Flowers began as a one off event celebrating the Coronation of Edward Vll and Queen Alexandra in 1902 when flower covered floats took part in a parade. The ‘battle’ element came from the practice of tearing petals from the creations and covering onlookers with them in the hope they would be thrown back. Save for the wartime years, the parade has taken place annually and has grown into one of the largest carnivals in Europe. Today, the floats have also grown from small horse drawn carriages to fully animated creative artworks, sometimes 45 feet long!

Battle planning is a major pastime in Jersey with much thought and preparation taking place throughout the year. All ages take part with float entries from all the parishes plus businesses, schools, organisations and family entries. Competing for the coveted Prix d’Honneur and other prizes, so many people are involved and preparation for dance routines, costumes and painting and decorating of the floats will be taking place all over the island during the year. Animation, costumes and crowd interaction are all counted as well as the fantastic array of flowers which are often freshly glued to the floats the evening before.

 

Day Parade

With the cry of ‘Let Battle Commence!’ the floats enter the arena in Victoria Avenue, letting spectators view the dazzling creations for the first time. The carnival atmosphere is electric with seated and standing areas for viewing the visual and musical extravaganza. Floats come in all variety of shape and size and the effort taken to plan themes is a credit to all those taking part. Past themes have included ‘Beyond the Barricade’, ‘Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines’ ‘Wonderland’ and “Hanamachi” to name some of the top prizewinners and if you’ve never seen a floral dalek or 8 foot elephant made of flowers, this just might be the place!

The battle also has a ‘Miss Battle, ‘Mr Battle’ and ‘Miss Junior Battle’ to represent it, usually chosen from local people. However past winners have included Petula Clark (who was entitled ‘First Lady of Flowers,’) Roy Castle, Stirling Moss and Gareth Gates.

Once the parade is over everyone can enjoy the carnival and fun fair. Most of the shops in Jersey close on Battle day but there are stalls and refreshments of every description lining the streets.

Moonlight Parade

In 1989 a Moonlight Parade was added to the celebrations. The wonderful floral floats take on a new demeanour as they become magically illuminated for an evening parade. There is a great party atmosphere to the evening which culminates in a fantastic firework display.

The Flowers

Jersey is well known for its floral displays throughout the year and flowers are grown all over the island. However at Battle time, the demand is so great that many are imported from the UK and Holland to add to the home grown collections. In former year hydrangeas, gladioli and carnations were widely used for decoration but as demand grew, chrysanthemums and asters favoured. Hares tail grasses are often used to help in pattern making. Paper flowers are also popular as it helps with preparation but floats decorated with them are judged separately.

Book your tickets

A variety of tickets are available for both The Grand Day Parade and Moonlight Parade with covered seating, seating, standing and wheelchair accessible options. There is also an option to join a VIP Luncheon where you can meet Mr and Miss Battle and other island dignitaries whilst enjoying drinks and lunch and then taking your seat in the VIP grandstand to watch proceedings.