Plant and Flower Sale
The Gardners of Florissant will host a plant and flower sale on May 7 & 8 at Bangert Park Shelter #1. Even though the Valley of Flowers main festival is cancelled this year the Gardners will uphold their annual sale.
Come and get ready for gardening with plants, flowers and tips for a successful garden from experts.
Representing Florissant to the community since 1963
Every year young girls who are Juniors in High School and Florissant residents apply to represent the City of Florissant as members of the Festival court. They participate in parades and other events in the Florissant area. Let’s support them throughout the year.
2021 is Here
Sponsor and Candidate Forms are available
The 2021 Festival will be drastically reshaped.
This is a pivotal year for the Festival. The ongoing issues and restrictions of Covid-19 have caused the Festival activities to be reshaped. There will not be the normal three-day event which with we are familiar. The Festival Committee will work with the City of Florissant to determine whether there are opportunities for “virtual Festival events” so that the spirit of the Festival weekend can be kept alive in the face of the pandemic limitations. The Festival Committee will move forward with plans to install a Festival Queen and her court.
Watch for updates on what the Queen and Court are doing as well as updates on plans.
At best 2020 was a very unusual, one-of-a-kind year. Residents decorated their homes in the theme of “The Valley of Flowers Celebrates The Saint Louis Zoo” to keep the spirit of the 2020 Festival alive. In spite of the best efforts and multiple attempts to reschedule, the Valley of Flowers Festival was cancelled for the first time in the history of the event due to the restrictions required to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Regardless of the difficulties, the Queen and her court were installed in the fall of 2020.
This is a pivotal year for the Festival. The theme is “The Valley of Flowers Celebrates: Missouri’s Bicentennial ‘Past, Present, Future.’ ” Many of the restrictions in place in 2020 are still in place for 2021. The Festival Committee began work on 2021 activities in conjunction with the City of Florissant and the Saint Louis County Department of Health. It became apparent that the ongoing issues and restrictions of Covid-19 would cause the Festival activities to be drastically reshaped. After an initial meeting with the Saint Louis County Department of Health, we were informed that they will not authorize the Grand Parade for 2021.
In subsequent meetings with the County Department of Health, the Health Department has indicated that the restrictions of social distancing, of requirement for masks and of limits on the number of attendees will have to be enforced if a Festival is to be approved by them. As a result, the Festival Committee and the City of Florissant regret that the Valley of Flowers Festival for 2021 has to be cancelled for the safety of the community.
The Festival Committee is not deterred by this setback. The slogan on signs around town say: “Together We Are Florissant Strong” so the Festival Committee will move forward with plans to install a Festival Queen and her court. The committee encourages high-school-aged young ladies who are Florissant residents to apply to become members of the Queen and her Court for 2021. These young women will represent Florissant in many activities in the Saint Louis area. Interested girls should fill out an application available at www.florissantvalleyofflowers.com or from the Festival office. If any girl is held back due to the lack of a sponsor, they may contact the Festival office for help. Likewise, if you would like to become a sponsor of the festival, forms are available on the website from which you may pick a sponsorship level. The festival could not exist without the support of our sponsors and the community.
Over the next two months the Festival committee will work with the City of Florissant to determine whether there are opportunities for “virtual Festival events” so that the spirit of the Festival weekend can be kept alive in the face of the pandemic limitations.
Please watch this website (www.florissantvallyofflowers.com) and our Facebook page for more updates as the committee finalizes the particular details for the Festival.
Valley of Flowers Festival 2020 – 2021 Queen and Court
Thank you to the City of Florissant for this “snapshot” of the 2020 Crowning Ceremony. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions the event was held outdoors. Nobody wanted to miss this. Here is a brief 4 to 5 minute preview of the entire celebration.
Everyone is looking forward to the return of the Valley of Flowers Festival in 2021. Watch for more information as it becomes available.
Questions? Comment? Please contact our office at:
601 rue St. Charles Florissant MO 63031