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Easter Parade---am I crazy?

Someone was asking about Easter weekend in London, and my first thought was "go watch the parade!" But I could find no mention of an Easter Parade among the weekend's activities in London (although there is a Horse in Harness parade on Easter Monday in a park a bit outside London).

Yet I distinctly remember being in London at Easter in 1967, joining a crowd lining the streets to watch a parade of horse-drawn coaches, old vehicles, and bands. I feel like the Queen was in one of the coaches but maybe I am imagining that. Or maybe I was imagining the whole thing.

But further googling produced this film clip of a 1979 parade:

http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/7b187c7efd004419857823b0ac696d64

And further searching on YouTube found similar clips from 1958 and back to the 1940's.

So there was an Easter parade, but no longer. Does anyone know what happened to the tradition? And would the Queen have been riding in one of the coaches back in 1967?

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I don't recall any Easter parades. Easter as a child simply meant lots of Easter eggs and two weeks off school, I never experienced a parade although there was the Easter bonnet competition at school.

As an adult I've still not encountered a parade. Easter now means less chocolate and a decent amount of time for a holiday.

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I found an article that says Easter Parade is in Battersea Park, the grand procession is sponsored by the London Tourist Board. Traditionally starts at 3pm and consents of a plethora of beautifully decorated floats, at the end of the parade is a wonderfully decorated Jersey float. The tradition exists to this day.

It says Jerseyc float, made of lovely spring flowers and bearing the Easter Princess and her attendants.

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6033 posts

The only information I could find online is that the parades ended in 1991. A few years ago someone started a petition to bring it back and the petition got 11 signatures. What can I say? Not a whole lot of interest.

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573 posts

Harly but thats just The Battle of Flowers, we do it to (smaller scale) never hear that sort of parade float been called a 'jersey'!!!

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5817 posts

Here's the quote from the web page

"The first float we see shows glamour girls on a 'Jersey' themed float, sitting on motorboats and waving to the crowd."

I presume the float was sponsored by the Jersey Tourist Board!

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573 posts

That makes a lot more sense Emma, its a float from Jersey not a Jersey Float☺️. Amazing the diffrence word order makes isnt it?!

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11677 posts

Nancy has the answer—-the parade was discontinued in 1991. I wonder why?

And please keep the discussion about “Jersey floats” going—-this is fun.

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Hi Lola! Not for Easter Sunday but close....Several years ago (2002), my husband and I were in London over Palm Sunday. We were out walking early that Palm Sunday morning when we were invited to join in a small parade joyfully working it's way down the Mall. We joined them just before Admiralty Arch, followed them all the way into Trafalgar Square and into St. Martin-in-the-Fields. In the parade was Jesus riding on a donkey and many participants waving palm fronds and playing musical instruments. Jesus and the donkey along with all the parade participants were invited into the church for the morning services. The donkey remained there for most of the service until the he brayed so loudly during the minister's sermon, he had to stop the service, and the donkey and his handlers quietly left the way they had come in. Certainly a moment in time to always remember!

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The Easter Parade in Battersea Park used to be on national television, in the same way that the Lord Mayor's Show still is. Mind you there was still the funfair in the park then as well.

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@Caro...

If you type in Easter Parades in various countries you will see where they talk about the Easter Parade in Battersea Park......This is what it says on the website....it doesn’t say from Jersey (so they probably should of put from)

“At the back end of the parade is a wonderfully decorated Jersey float, made from lovely spring flowers and bearing the Easter Princess and her attendants. “