Battle of Flowers


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Battle of Flowers (Jersey, Channel Islands)

Second Thursday in August
First held in 1902 as part of the celebration honoring the coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, the Jersey Battle of Flowers takes place on Jersey in the British Channel Islands every August. It begins with a parade of floats covered in flowers, many of which are quite elaborate and take months to prepare. In past years, floats have included a working windmill and large birds made completely out of flowers. Another popular theme is significant events in the island's history, including the 1871 Battle of Jersey. Award-winning floats in 2000 included Shangri-La, Alien Invasion, and Lord of the Rings. In addition, each year there is a special float for Miss Battle, the queen of the event.
Spectators no longer engage in a flower-throwing melee after the parade. These days the first event is the town parade two days before the battle, which exposes the year's exhibits to the public for the first time. Then the "battle" consists of a competition for the finest floats. Finally, a moonlight parade Friday night displays the floats with their illuminations and concludes with a fireworks finale.
CONTACTS:
The Jersey Battle of Flowers (Events) Ltd.
Meadow Bank
St Lawrence, Jersey JE3 1EE United Kingdom
44-15-3473-0178; fax: 44-15-3476-8985
www.battleofflowers.com
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 147
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 98

Battle of Flowers (Vienna, Austria)
Summer
The Battle of Flowers is the culmination of a huge flower festival in the capital city of Vienna, Austria. Hundreds of floats are elaborately decorated with flowers, often to symbolize a particular aspect of Austrian history or culture. Sometimes they re-create entire scenes from Austrian operettas or ballets. The people of Vienna dress up in their best clothes and hats—similar to what Americans do on Easter—to watch the parade, which is reviewed by government officials and the leaders of various cultural organizations.
Similar "Battles of Flowers" are held in other Austrian cities, such as Linz, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. A particularly famous one is held on a lake in south Upper Austria known as the Traun See, where barges and boats, rather than floats, are decorated with flowers.
CONTACTS:
Hans Christian Andersen Festival
Store Klaus 16
Odense N, DK-5270 Denmark
45-36-59-44-464
www.hcandersenfestspil.dk

Celebrated in: Austria

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PS576pp departing 4 June Price Includes: Return flights and 1 piece hold baggage 7 nights accommodation including breakfast Return transfers in Jersey Local GST tax @ 5% The Jersey Battle of Flowers Depart 6 August - Return 13 August 2016 All tours & tickets to the parades INCLUDED 7 nights from only The Number 1 event in the Jersey calendar, this is one of Europe's most famous floral festivals and you can enjoy a wonderful weeks holiday here in Jersey taking in all the atmosphere of 'Battle' week and including tickets and tours to the main events as detailed below.
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Battle of Flowers Grand Day Parade Started in 1902, this is one of the most spectacular and unusual carnivals in Europe and is not to be missed.
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If flowers are more your scene, then a visit in August should suit - the Battle of Flowers Festival is a phenomenal parade of floats, elaborately decorated with blooms.
ONE of the highlights of Jersey's extensive events calendar, this year's Battle of Flowers takes place tomorow and Friday.
Numerous attractions were provided in the enclosure in addition to the boat races, and in the evening a battle of flowers took place within the illuminated grounds.