Friday, September 19, 2014

The Dutch Bloemencorso Parade

Love the floats at the Rose Parade?  
These make the Rose Bowl Parade float look puny!

Every float is made from dahlias. This twisting house, which is as high 
as other apartments, weaves its way through the narrow streets.

Bloemencorso began in 1936, and since then has  spiraled in popularity, 
as the small populationmakes huge efforts  to outdo one another so they can create sculptures like this huge organ.

Held on the first Sunday of every September, the quaint town becomes packed with visitors
and, on this occasion, a huge rhinoceros made of delicate flowers.

Thousands turn out to Bloemencorso, as hamlets  compete with each other to 
create the most beautiful display - including this sinister-looking fishy creature.

Each of the competing districts of Zundert - which was the home of Vincent Van Gogh - constructs its own entry and competes in the parade, which occurs every first Sunday in September. According to those behind Bloemencorso, the parade is all the work of dedicated volunteers, who do not profit from the colourful display.

A staggering six to eight million dahlia flowers are used to produce the floats.


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