The Netherlands is predominantly famous for 2 things, the first is that it’s regularly cited as 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 small wonder 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.
It’s called 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 construct 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.
As you can imagine, it takes A LOT of work. Hundreds of people collaborate to construct each float, frantically working away wrapping wire, sticks, glue, cardboard not to mention thousands of flowers together to create these gigantic and jaw-dropping creations. This year fish, vampires, tigers & even meerkats all got their day in the sun – which makes you wonder what on earth will happen next year!
If you’re in the Netherlands and are planning on watching this eye-catching event, you’d better be there between September 1 & 2 – as that’s the confirmed date for the 2013 show.
In the meantime, here’s some inspiration from this years magnificent entries. You can view more here.