November 28th, 2012
Since 1936, the town of Zundert in the Netherlands has played host to what has become one of Europe’s (and possibly the world’s) largest flower parade, Bloemencorso Zundert.
The parade, which takes place the first Sunday of September, features large floats made by volunteers that consist of steel wire, cardboard, papier-mâché and flowers. But not just any flower – only dahlias are used as decoration, and it can take anywhere between six to eight million flowers to produce the elaborate floats.
The Bloemencorso is also a competition, and each competing district of Zundert (which was the home of Vincent Van Gogh) is responsible for constructing their own entry to compete. Volunteers and builders of all ages are involved in the event, with older volunteers tasked with planting and growing the dahlias, while the younger volunteers are responsible for construction.
A professional and independent jury decides which float is the most beautiful and which hamlet will be crowned the winner of that year.
You can find more information on Bloemencorso, pictures, and video of this year’s winner by visiting www.bloemencorsozundert.nl
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