08 August 2019
The Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, Deputy Montfort Tadier, has praised islanders for their hard work in preparing for the Battle of Flowers.
The annual parade, which is taking place this afternoon and tomorrow evening, will feature floats from dozens of exhibitors including parishes, families and community groups. Islanders have been hard at work for many months designing and building the floats, preparing and sticking flowers, and practising their routines for the Grand Day Parade and the Moonlight Parade.
Deputy Tadier, who has responsibility for culture, said: “The Battle is a great example of the community spirit which makes Jersey so special and different, and is a long-standing expression of the island’s unique cultural identity.
“I would like to extend my thanks to every islander who has helped to prepare for this year’s parades, whether they have helped to build a float, designed costumes, or been involved in organising the running of the day. A huge amount of work goes into planning and executing the event each year, and without the help of the island community, this major cultural event simply wouldn’t be possible.”
Deputy Tadier visited the battle shed last to experience first-hand the hard work involved in the Battle preparations. He will also be taking part in this afternoon’s parade as part of the Parish of St Brelade float.