Bloemencorso (translated to “Flower Parade”) are held throughout Belgium and the Netherlands on the first Sunday of September. All of these floats are created entirely of flowers that are grown by the truckload to be used in the parade. The Bloemencorso in Zundert is the largest and craziest parade in the world, also because all the floats are created entirely from dahlias.
In some sort of insane competition that would only happen in a place like the Netherlands, the twenty flower growing districts (or hamlets) compete by creating brightly colored, outlandish parade floats.
This is a community event in which everyone has a part to play – the growing of the flowers, the harvesting and transporting, the design of the float, even building the temporary tents and structures to house the gigantic floats.
The giant sculptures are fabricated from wire, wood, papier mache and hundreds of blooms (as you can see here) that are affixed to the float
Bloemencorso Zundert preparation of dahlias (Wikipedia)
Much like any sort of community event, everyone in the hamlet comes together to affix pins into dahlias for the floats. People will use their PTO and make the preparation into a large social event. It’s very similar to other events here in the states, such as St. Patrick’s Day parades or Fourth of July, and has a very small-town feel to it.
I can’t even get my mind over the work, engineering, and growing of the dahlias required to make some of these floats. I mean, what would you do if you didn’t have enough pink dahlias to finish all the flamingos on the float below?