The Flower Festival Parade, held since 1979, is one of the most striking and eagerly anticipated events of the entire festival, for tourists and residents alike.
This event is known for the magnificence and splendour of the floats and costumes of the hundreds of participants, mostly children, richly adorned with many, varied and magnificent types of flowers, parading to the sound of festive musical themes.
In celebrating springtime and the exuberance of the flowers that typically bloom in that season, and here with even greater intensity due to Madeira’s subtropical climate, Funchal is the setting for a truly sumptuous spectacle, the city’s Flower Festival.
The festivities begin on the Saturday, when thousands of children dressed in the appropriate fashion flock to the Praça do Município to take part in the building of a mural of flowers – the Wall of Hope.
The next day, dozens of floats decorated with a myriad of the island’s most typical flowers leave the scent of gentle but ephemeral perfumes in the air – it is time for the Flower Parade. At the same time, to mark the occasion, Madeiran artists devote their time to building unforgettable floral carpets, strategically exhibited in the streets at different points, whilst competitions are also organised to find the best decorated shop windows.
Come and experience the springtime here too!