The Parish of St. Clement was awarded the top prize, the Prix d’Honneur, at this year’s Battle of Flowers whilst the Optimists Club (last year’s winners) picked up second place, the Prix d’Excellence.
Despite some confusion over the results and the controversy surrounding the decision to pay for Andy Abraham and Jodie Marsh to appear at the festival, the general consensus from spectators was that the Grand Parade was a resounding success, with some believing it to be the best afternoon parade the battle has seen for some years.
St. Clement, whose native Indian inspired float ‘Pow Wow’ was awarded first place overall, but, as it didn’t win it’s class there was confusion over whether it could take the highest award.
However it was soon discovered that the uncertainty was caused by a mistake made by the judges, and that it was not Trinity who had won the Parish class, but St. Clement, Trinity had in fact come second and Grouville third.
Peter Heath & Friends won the top award for floats made with paper flowers with their Space themed ‘Reach for the Stars’.
The Parish of St. Brelade was selected to win the Carnival Atmosphere award, whilst both the Most Humourous Exhibit and Best Animation went to the Young Farmers Club with their ‘Wacky Races’ float.
The Optimists Club have taken the Best Illuminated, Over 25 feet, award in the Moonlight Parade for 'Off the Rails'.
The best illuminated under 25 feet award went to St. Lawrence Juniors for Once Upon a Time and the Best Carnival Atmosphere went to the Optimists.
Jodie Marsh and Andy Abraham were much better received during the Moonlight Parade and both of them regularly left their car to join in with dancers around the floats.