The Dolly Sisters and The Battle of the Flowers

Published February 11, 2013 by Gary Chapman

The Dolly Sisters often appeared in the Battle of the Flowers at Cannes in early February. Once they were dressed alike in white in a carriage, decorated with carnations of various tones and lilac, which was drawn by two black horses. They stole the show and were the immediate target for all the press photographers.

What was the Battle of the flowers? One of the major events of Carnival, the first flower parade was organised along the Promenade des Anglais in Cannes in 1876 and had by the 1920s become a huge event. Every species of wheeled vehicle decorated as flower floats slowly appeared from the casino gardens, and a prize for the best decorated was awarded. They were overflowing with pretty young girls, who threw flowers into the crowd of spectators, although the original idea was to throw flowers at those they desired.

Dollies BOF

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