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Preparations are taking place in Funchal (Madeira) for the Flower Festival, that will take place from 15th to 18th of April. This year the event will be more greater and impressive than the last one … as this festival will be celebrated by its locals with a special feeling as this is considered to be a decisive turning point for Madeiras rebirth since the storm of February 20th.

The street parade on the 18th will be exhibiting and perfuming the air of Funchal with a multiplicity of floral species of the island. Gathering thousands of children on the Praça do Município where they will build the “Wall of Hope” with flowers.

But the island itself already has started with its own preparations for this event. Mother Nature has its own agenda and (luckily) she does not wait for the human beings. Flowers are having their own debut in the Laurisilva and other regions on the island.

Walkers, when hiking through the veins of the island, have captured a few of these flora-princesses on photo. We have made a selection of these pictures for those who cannot wait for the festival or could not book a trip to Madeira on time …. then sit back and enjoy the following flower parade