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Jersey Battle of Flowers

08 August 2013; 14:30-17:00 - Battle of Flowers Grand Day Parade, Victoria Avenue, St. Helier, Jersey

09 August 2013; 21:00-23:00 - Battle of Flowers Moonlight Parade, Victoria Avenue, St. Helier, Jersey

The traditional annual 'Jersey Battle of Flowers' carnival was established in 1902 and has been held in the second week of August each year ever since. Created to celebrate the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, the Jersey Battle of Flowers is also a major community project where everyone gives their time freely to create the visual feast.

In the early days the floats were mostly horse-drawn and covered in floral decorations and the tradition was to tear a flower off the float and throw it to a lady in the crowd. Flowers were sometimes thrown back and hence the battle aspect began.

One of Jersey's premier tourist attractions, there is far more than just the parade of flower covered floats, there is music, funfairs, dancers, majorettes and various street entertainers. The Jersey Battle of Flowers is also enhanced by many Bands, both local and from overseas. In 1964 it was decided to drop the 'Battle' aspect of the Parade.

Competition at the Jersey Battle of Flowers is fierce, with large floats up to 45ft in size, and islanders working for weeks as they compete for the major award 'Prix d'Honneur'. There are other prizes in numerous categories for floats of different sizes and types.

In 1989 a Moonlight Parade was introduced, held as the name suggest, at night. This is a chance to see a parade of the flower covered floats decorated with thousands of illuminated lights creating a truly magical sight. With a large firework display at the end as well, it is a great finale to the floral extravaganza each year.

When: 8th August 2013 and 9th August 2013
Where: St Helier
Official Website: http://www.battleofflowers.com