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Flower Festival (Opening Ceremonies): 17 April

 

The Route of the Children's Flower Festival Procession takes place on Saturday 17 April.

The floats and troupes start from the courtyard area of the main Cathedral Buildings in the very centre of town. That is, at the eastern end of the Avenida Arriaga. From the Cathedral the children proceed in a northerly west direction up the Avenida Arriaga and turn immediately right into the Avenida Zarco. At the top of Avenida Zarco it turns right again into Rua Câmara Pestana until it reaches the main destination point - the "Largo do Colégio", in front of the University of Madeira, City Hall and the Jesuit College Church.

It is here that the children then lay wreaths and flowers to build a floral wall: the "wall of hope" or "Muro de Esperança". Activities such as the release of hundreds of white pigeons as a sign of hope and peace are undertaken by the "Pérola do Atlântico" Columbophile Association of Madeira. Stage performances and music is continued throughout the day ending in prize giving ceremonies for certain small contests in the best floral display and costume categories.

Tips - The Best Viewpoints:

Book a place on the balcony of the Golden Gate Restaurant ! This has a wonderful view and overlooks the course from the first floor of the building on the corner of the Avenida Arriaga and the Avenida Zarco.

Other good spots:

  • On the steps of the "Igreja do Colégio", on the ledge just off the "Praça do Município".

Other tips:

  • Bring your camera !
  • Bring your sunglasses and sunhat
  • And bring your children along to join and admire the fun.
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