Every year the legendary parade of 'Bloemencorso Zundert'
twist through the narrow streets of Zundert, Netherlands. Giant floats adorned with thousands of dahlia flowers are Breath taking to say the least.
To celebrate its status as a global supplier of dahlia flowers, the first parade took place in 1936 in honor of Queen Wilhelimina’s birthday, but consisted of a modest bicycle and a farmer’s cart. A century on, the event has grown dramatically befitting a district that covers 33 hectares (81 acres) growing 600,000 dahlia bulbs of fifty different species.
Twenty hamlets participate, and hundreds of people from each one volunteer to put the floats together. Citizens take the parade very seriously, and usually start conceiving ideas for the float days after the competition ends.
Each village works hard to outdo its competitors, with designs becoming more and more ambitious every year, with a single float containing up to half a million flowers.
From May to August, competing teams put up the float’s frame, culminating in a feverish scramble the night before the parade when fresh flowers are fixed in place.
This year, to honor native Vincent Van Gogh on his 162nd birthday, the colossal creations were themed around the artist’s paintings and self-portraits.
19 teams took inspiration from the work of Van Gogh. The towering floats borrow colors, motifs, and imagery from van Gogh’s painting including several interpretations of the artist’s self-portraits.
Needless to say, the Maestro would have been impressed by this homage! Many more stunning images can be seen here