An estimated 4,000 spectators turned out onto the streets of St Helier to watch the annual Battle of Flowers Christmas Parade.
After an absence of two years, the Parade route was longer than previously, having started from Maritime House, along past Liberty Wharf and extending into Conway Street, Broad Street and Charing Cross, which also allowed for greater social distancing.
Although many of the larger exhibits did not make an appearance this year, a total of 14 floats took part, alongside street entertainers and musical performances from 3rd Above Entertainment (Jersey Boys), the Jersey Scout Band, and the visiting carnival band, Dolphin Marching Band.
Despite the usual last-minute glitches, overall the event went very well and was well-received by spectators, according to the Parade Director on behalf of Battle of Flowers, Jackie Donald she says, “It was great to see the Parade take to the streets of St Helier again and get everyone in the festive mood. The public feedback we’ve had has been fantastic and so positive. I’d like to thank everyone who played their part in making the parade such a success, organisers, voluntary organizations, parish authorities, participants, and of course the public for coming out on a chilly Sunday evening to support us.”
Although there is no competitive element to the Christmas Parade, an annual trophy, in memory of the late Centenier Mitch Couriard MBE, is presented to the winner of the best-adapted float from summer to winter. However, as the summer parade did not take place this year, it was agreed that for this year only, it would be awarded to the “best in parade” This year it was awarded to Galaad for their themed float – A Gingerbread Christmas.
Although the Christmas parade is over, organisers are now turning their attention to the 2022 summer parades, which will take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th August and will be celebrating its 120th anniversary. Online Tickets for the parade are now on sale.