Battle of Flowers hopeful to stage Moonlight Fantasy of Light Parades

Jersey Battle of Flowers organisers are hoping to stage two ‘Moonlight Parades’ in August this year to replace the traditional Daytime floral parade if Government officials and the Bailiff’s Panel grant permission.

Due to the uncertainty earlier this year over the staging of large-scale public events, organisers were unable to financially commit to a number of the infrastructure aspects required to put on the parades. This included the ordering of the ‘fresh flowers’ required for the floats, which have to be sown and grown many months in advance.  However, with the easing of restrictions organisers have instead proposed an alternative option, which will see a number of themed floats taking part, which instead of the traditional blooms will be festooned with coloured lights, natural materials and some floral features.  They will also abide with any physical distancing measures required and whilst the intention is to retain one tiered grandstand, the arena will instead be either pavement seating or standing only. As a result, entrance prices will be reduced but all tickets must be purchased in advanced to take into account any track and trace measures that may be required.

Event Director for Jersey Battle of Flowers, Jackie Donald, explains, “Whilst we are disappointed not to be able to stage the traditional floral aspect of the show for obvious reasons, we are still keen to put on some form of parade, which this year will be very much focused around a community celebration. The Moonlight Parade has always been very popular with residents so we plan to stage two of them this year, on Friday 13th and for this year, Saturday 14th August to ensure that as many people as possible get the opportunity to experience the usual carnival atmosphere whilst abiding with any restrictions on audience numbers. We would also like to end both evenings with a firework displays”.

Organisers are hopeful that their proposals will meet approval from Public Health Jersey, the Department for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport & Culture who provide a financial grant as well as the Bailiff’s public entertainment panel, which will ultimately give permission for it to go ahead. Plans are now being put into place and further details, including how to purchase tickets will be announced in due course via the media, the Battle website and its usual social media channels.  (once permission is given)

Those holding seats for the Day Parade that had been carried over from 2020 will be contacted to arrange for a transfer or a refund.