Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
136Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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After the Belgian Beer Weekend, we went to Zundert, just before the Belgium border in the Netherlands, for their annual flower parade. Our friends, Rich and Joey, had learned about this in their travels and suggested that we go. The day started with heavy rain, but this is a parade that we were happy to have seen. Zundert is a very small town and we suspect that very few Americans have been here or have seen this parade. What an amazing find!
The parade consists of floats more than 2 stories high and at least 2 truck beds long, all covered in flowers. The floats are powered by people pushing. They have amazing designs and even have an audio component. One float, of a statue covered in pigeons, cooed. Another, of a pack of wolves, growled. The largest and most exuberant float was accompanied by an African drum corp and also contained 5 stories of drummers! One float was led by a multi-story puppet, controlled by two puppeteers on top while another was automated with animals turning their heads and popping up on lifts to check for danger. The floats were beautiful and complex. Far more than we had expected! Between the floats were marching bands and flag corps.
We were lucky that the rain mostly stopped for the parade and the day was simply drizzly and grey. Because of the weather we didn't really explore the other festivities in the town, but there was the normal fair food, small rides for children, and other activities that we could see. This town is also the birthplace of Vincent van Gogh, but we didn't see any attractions related to him.
Check out the pictures in the photo gallery and I'm sure you'll agree this is quite an elaborate flower parade. On the parade website (click on the small British flag on the left for English) you can see overhead shots of the floats which give the full perspective of each one, as well as read about the history of the parade itself. To see the 2008 floats, click on "parade". The first page shows last year's floats.
Enjoy the photos!
Melanie and Chris