Battle began as a flower parade, but along the route the flowers
were torn off and thrown to the spectators. They threw them back,
and the Battle was born.
event was so successful that the islanders decided to hold it annually.
During World War I the
Battle ended, but it was revived in 1926.
popularity had declined, although a smaller event continued to take
place until World War II.
the war, local businessmen thought that the Battle could help tourism
in the island. The Battle returned in 1951, and was a great success.
following year, the Battle's Golden Jubilee coincided with the coronation
of Queen Elizabeth.
was decided that the Battle should be bigger and better, with 100
floats taking part - most of them motorised.
Battle in the 60's and 70's
Battle continued to grow in popularity during the 1960's, when it
was attracting audiences of about 60,000.
1964 it was decided that the Battle (in its literal sense) should
be stopped, as it was getting too unruly.
new finale was introduced - Petals from Heaven - when paper petals
were dropped from aeroplanes. This wasn't always successful though
because of wind conditions!
the Battle of Flowers is still a popular event, regularly attracting
30,000 people each year. It takes place on the 2nd Thursday of August,
with a moonlight parade the next evening.
Battle celebrated its centenary in 2002, with many floats taking
the 100 year birthday as the theme for their design.
out about the 2003 celebrations.
a look at our Battle Nostalgia Gallery, featuring pictures of Battles
from times past. Do you have pictures of previous Battles? We would
love to include them in our Battle Nostalgia Gallery. Click
here to go to the gallery.