The Flower Festival, that takes place in spring when the flowers are at their best, has been one of Madeira's major attractions for both tourists and locals for a long time. This enchanting festival, with parade and floats through the streets of Funchal, exhibits and perfumes the air with a multiplicity of floral species of the island, spreading a fairy tale ambiance all over the city centre. In every year’s edition, each group of adults and children presents their colourful costumes (decorated with flowers typical of the archipelago) accompanied with dances to a newly conceived choreography.
At Largo do Colégio (Colégio Square) you will find the so-called ‘Wall of Hope’ – a wall where children place their own flowers with the objective of building a big flower wall symbolising the hope for a better and more peaceful world.
As part of this event there are other activities, like the making of flower carpets in the streets, awarding of prizes for the best-decorated shop window, performances of traditional music groups, a flower exhibition at Praça do Povo, classical and traditional music concerts and a number of variety shows.