Corso Zundert Parade Celebrates Van Gogh with Millions of Flowers

Corso Zundert

Photo credit: Erwin Martens

The Netherlands renowned Corso Zundert Parade rode beauty upon beauty through the streets of Zundert. Millions of giant dahlia bulbs adorned massive floats inspired by the works and life of Van Gogh – after all, it is the iconic painter’s hometown and the Holland tourism board has declared 2015 the year of Van Gogh.

The Zundert Flower Parade is but one of the many events planned this year to commemorate the region’s 125-year influence of van Gogh.  After a whole year of work and preparations, the parade is celebrated on the first Sunday of September.  The parade dates back to 1936, celebrating the region’s reputation as a global supplier of the dahlia bulb.  Each and every dahlia is individually affixed to the floats, which uses about 400,000 flowers per design.  The art of building the floats has been passed down from generation to generation, each one is designed and built by volunteers, even down to the cultivation of the dahlias.

 

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Photo credit: Werner Pellis

Corso Zundert Flower Parade

Photo credit: Werner Pellis

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Photo credit: Erwin Martens

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Corso Zundert

Photo Credit: Malou Evers

Corso Zundert

Photo Credit: Malou Evers

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Photo Credit: Malou Evers

 

via My Modern Met