Princess Festival

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The festival

The Princess Festival (Japanese: ポケモンひなまつり Pokémon Girls' Festival) is a holiday celebrated annually throughout the Kanto region on March 3 (the date is not stated in the dub). It is the equivalent of the real-world Japanese holiday Hinamatsuri.

The festival

Like in the real world, it is traditional for girls to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor's Court. It is commemorated by various events, activities, and sales for girls only. During the Princess Festival, there are drastic discounts at stores and restaurants for women only.

The Princess Festival was featured in Princess vs. Princess. Misty and Jessie reminisced about past Princess Festivals, while competing for a prized Pokémon doll collection.

Queen of the Princess Festival contest

The setting for the competition

The Queen of the Princess Festival (Japanese: クイーンコンテスト Queen Contest) is an anime-exclusive, girls-only competition held once a year in O-Hina Town consisting of a beauty pageant and Pokémon battles.

The Pokémon Princess Doll set

Each Trainer must use exactly four Pokémon to battle. The contestants are split into two separate divisions, and the winner of each division proceeds to the finals. Additionally, every contestant wears a formal traditional Japanese outfit, usually a kimono and a hand-held fan. Before the actual competition, the contestants all stand in a row on stage as people gather to watch.

The prize for winning the contest is a brand new set of Pokémon Princess Dolls, and a photo with famous movie star Fiorella Cappuccino, who was also an announcer of the contest.

Misty and Jessie both entered the contest with borrowed Pokémon, with Misty borrowing Ash's Pikachu and Bulbasaur, as well as Brock's Vulpix, and Jessie borrowing James's Weezing. Jessie also had Meowth participating in the event under her command, as well as her own Arbok.

The two contestants made it all the way to the final round, where they had a fierce battle. In the end, despite Jessie using her new Lickitung as an unexpected fourth Pokémon, Misty emerged victorious with Psyduck, winning the Pokémon doll collection, which she later sent to her sisters at the Cerulean Gym.

Known competitors

Participant Place
Misty Winner
Jessie Runner-up
Yumi Top 32

Pokémon used in the Queen of the Princess Festival contest


Ash Bulbasaur.png
Ash Pikachu.png
Brock Vulpix.png
Misty Psyduck.png


Meowth Team Rocket.png
Jessie Arbok.png
James Weezing.png
Jessie Lickitung.png


O-Hina Town Primeape.png

Unnamed Trainer

O-Hina Town Kingler.png
O-Hina Town Pinsir.png
O-Hina Town Cubone.png
O-Hina Town Raticate.png

Other competitors

O-Hina Town Fearow.png
O-Hina Town Graveler.png
O-Hina Town Tangela.png
O-Hina Town Machoke.png
O-Hina Town Parasect.png

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 娃娃節 Doll Festival
Denmark Flag.png Danish Prinsessefestivalen
Finland Flag.png Finnish Prinsessajuhlat
France Flag.png French Fête des Princesses
Germany Flag.png German Prinzessinnenfest
Italy Flag.png Italian Giorno della Principessa
Poland Flag.png Polish Festiwal Księżniczki
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Festival da Princesa
Spain Flag.png Spanish Festival de la Princesa
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Prinsessfestivalen

Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon Baccer World CupPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace Cup
Kanto Beach Beauty and Pokémon Costume ContestBig P Pokémon RaceIndigo Plateau Conference
Kanto Grand FestivalP1 Grand PrixPokémon OrienteeringQueen of the Princess Festival
Johto Extreme Pokémon RaceFire and Rescue Grand PrixGrass TournamentMareep Festival
Pokémon Balloon RacePokémon Beauty ContestSeaking Catching DaySilver Conference
Sumo ConferenceSunflora FestivalTour de Alto MareWhirl Cup
Hoenn Crossgate PokéRingerEver Grande ConferenceHoenn Grand Festival
Sinnoh Croagunk FestivalFestival Battle ChallengeHearthome City Tag Battle CompetitionHearthome Collection
Lily of the Valley ConferencePokémon Dress-Up ContestPokémon Ping Pong TournamentPokémon Summer
Pokémon TriathlonSinnoh Grand FestivalSinnoh Pokémon HustleSquallville PokéRinger
Unova Club BattleClubsplosionPokémon Performance CompetitionPokémon World Tournament Junior Cup
Vertress ConferenceWishing Bell Festival
Decolore Marine Cup TournamentPokémon Sumo TournamentScalchop King Competition
Kalos Lumiose ConferencePoké Puff ContestPokémon ShowcasePokémon Sky RelayPokémon Summer Camp
Alola Alola Bread FestivalCharjabug racePokémon Pancake RacePokémon Ping-Pong tournament
Pokémon Sled Jump Games
Unknown Pokémon Catch Race

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