Jersey's traditional Battle of Flowers main parade cancelled for a second year

The annual event is usually one of the biggest fixtures in the island's calendar. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey's Battle of Flowers parade has been cancelled for a second year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual event is usually one of the biggest fixtures in the island's calendar.

Organisers say uncertainty around large public events earlier this year forced their hand as they were unable to financially commit to the event, which involves ordering fresh flowers that have to be grown months in advance.

It is only the second occasion outside of war time that the traditional event will not go ahead after being cancelled in 2020.

Two moonlight parades will go ahead instead. Credit: Ports of Jersey

However, Event Director Jackie Donald says they are hoping to stage two moonlight parades in August instead, if government restrictions allow.

The moonlight parades are proposed for Friday 13 and Saturday 14 August with firework displays in the evenings.

It would see a number of themed floats take part which, instead of the traditional blooms, will be covered with coloured lights and floral features.

Plans are being developed and further details, including how to purchase tickets, will be announced in due course once permission is given by Bailiff’s office.