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The Madeira Flower Festival 1999
April 17 - 18

In fine tradition the Madeira Flower Festival took to the streets on the 17th and 18th of April this year. The most colourful event heralding the arrival of spring in Madeira is opened on the Saturday with a mass of young children participating in a colourful and entertaining ceremony to remind us of the need for hope and goodwill in the world. This motif is materialised into the building of a "wall of hope" or "Muro de Esperança". A wall built up entirely of flowers.

Although the Saturday is mostly an event for children the more adult population will revel in the closing ceremonies of the Flower Festival on Sunday. A tasteful and well designed visual flourish of colours and dress entertain the throngs of people who crowd along the principal viaducts of city of Funchal. The procession consists of several troupes who dress up according to various themes. And, much like the carnival in February, a distinction is made to the best dressed and designed troupe.

We have included a small photo collection of the Flower Festival on the following pages below. The photo collection is divided into 3 parts. The first two parts include photos from the closing ceremony on Sunday. The third part has several pictures from the childrens ceremony on the Saturday of the Flower Festival weekend.

  • Sunday - the closing ceremony of the Madeira Flower Festival and the main procession.
    - Part 1
    - Part 2
  • Saturday - Children's Flower Procession and the building of the wall of hope.
    - Part 3

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