predominantly famous for 2 things, the first is that it’s one of the
best places to live in the world (and most liberal), secondly they are
the envy of the world when it comes to flowers. They have fields of
flowers so famous in fact, that tourists flock to them each year.
So it’s not
surprising really that Zundert, a country town in the heart of Noord
Brabant should be host to what is now the biggest and most impressive
flower parade the world has ever seen.
Bloemencorso, with each entry being a float made entirely of flowers,
but not just any flowers – they can only be dahlias. That’s the only
rule – you can create, design and bring to life anything you like. The
town and local judges then vote for their favourite flower floats and
the winners are celebrated, with their works lauded around town until
it all begins again the following year. Organized since 1936, the
festival takes place on every 1st Sunday of September and is nothign
short of Spectacular!
Every year, the
parade consists of around 20 different floats, the construction of
which is non-commercial and totally volunteer. The massive master
pieces, created from dahlias only, are put during the summer by the
neighborhoods of a town that’s home to 20.000 people only.
As you can
imagine, it takes A LOT of work and even more dedication. Hundreds of
people collaborate to construct each float, tediously working away
wrapping wire, sticks, glue, cardboard not to mention thousands of
flowers together to create these gigantic and jaw-dropping creations.
Every year the likes of fish, vampires, tigers & even meerkats got
their day in the sun – which makes you wonder more you would get to see
in the next few years.
If you’re in the
Netherlands and are planning on attendinging this eye-catching event,
you’d better be there between September 1 & 2 – as that’s the
confirmed date for the 2013 show.