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Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade OVERVIEW
Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade will be held 02 to 03 Sep 2018 in Zundert, Netherlands. Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade is the largest flower parade on Earth. If you’re already planning out a holiday root for next fall, be sure to include Holland to your agenda. The huge floats with the flower sculptures, created for the Bloemencorso flower festival in Zundert, will make your jaw drop and definitely give you amazing pictures to take back home. Organized since 1936, the festival takes place on every 1st Sunday of September. Every year, the parade consists of around 20 different floats, the construction of which is non-commercial and totally volunteer. The structures, created from dahlias only, are put during during the summer by the neighborhoods of a town that’s home to 20.000 people only. As the dahlias can only stay fresh for so long, they are added on the last weekend before the parade. creations of the Zundert Flower Parade attract tens of thousands of visitors every year. If you’ve got a soft spot for flowers, this is one event you do not want to miss! Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade is an event and I like events...
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History of Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade:
Zundert’s flower parade came into being in 1936 as a celebration of Queen Wilhelimina’s birthday at that time. The first parades were modest as far as size is concerned and mostly consisted of decorated bicycles and a single farmer’s cart. Yet the idea of a flower parade touched a string in the inhabitants.
During the war years of 1939 – 1944 business was down but immediately after the war, in 1945, things were revived. At a high speed the flower parade evolved to a great event even of major international size.
Social element and hamlets:
Building a float for the corso is mainly a social event. Builders of all ages work side by side for over three months to get the float of their hamlet ready on time. It has to be as perfect as possible in order to win the competition.
For years, seventeen hamlets participated in the corso. In recent years, three more decided to enter the competition. Building a float costs a lot of money-- Around 15.000 to 20.000 euros per float, and hundreds of people are needed. Now there are twenty hamlets competing in Bloemencorso Zundert.
Zundert’s flower parade has always had a quite strong artistic aspect. Since the fifties good contacts have existed with the Art Academy in neighbouring Breda. Professional artists are part of the jury of the floats and advise the designers
Just like the builders of the floats, these designers are all volunteers from Zundert. Inhabitants of Zundert educated at the Art Academy, often become designers of floats, inspired by this artistic aspect
Bigger and Bigger:
Since the sixties the floats have continually increased in size but especially during the eighties the increase is strong. The parade is a competition: the village districts compete with one another and winning the parade is one of the finest things an inhabitant of Zundert can live up to. That’s why the competing districts do the utmost to outdo the others.
Bloemencorso Zundert Flower Parade 2017 Music and celebration:
During the Zundert Flower Parade, the town pulls out all the stops. On Sunday and Monday, there are all kinds of music and theater performances for your enjoyment. The local bars and restaurants join in with special offers and activities. Zundert is on the border with Belgium, so the flower parade is a wonderful outing for both Dutch and Belgians.