Jersey’s famous Battle of Flowers was started over 100 years ago to celebrate the coronation of Edward VII in 1902.
The battle has evolved a little since that first occasion but it has become one of the island’s major annual events and attracts huge crowds over two days every August. These days competitors don’t tear the flowers off the floats to throw them at each other, but instead stage a kind of beauty parade by day and night, followed by a static display on day two.
There’s intense rivalry between the parishes as well as between various other organisations and months of work goes into creating the amazing floats. With some brilliant creations and lots of live music, marching bands and other performers, the Battle of Flowers is like Jersey’s own version of Mardi Gras.