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
- Part 3