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.
- 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:
- Bring your camera
- Bring your sunglasses
- And bring your
children along to join and admire the fun.