Saturday 19th August 2023
Devizes Market Place
As far as we know, Devizes is the only town in the world that has a Confetti Battle tradition. No one can remember the first official battle but we know its roots date back to the old Devizes Carnival in 1913, where confetti and rose petals were thrown by the crowd at people in the procession. The tradition evolved into a fully-fledged battle around 1955 when it was started by Jim Jennings.
In 2023, the Confetti Battle & Colour Rush (happening the same day) kicked off a Carnival Fortnight of preparations leading up to the Carnival Parade on 2nd September.
From 7:45pm, people were able to purchase confetti from our confetti stations in the Market Place ahead of the battle. There were Colour Rush runners crossing the finish line in the Market Place around this time, so there was lots of colour all around!
£1 for per confetti bag