Knock out flower show
January 15, 2013 7:53 AM   Subscribe

Stunning floats from holland, made of flowers. Scroll down and click on an image for a photo montage of these great designs. The scale of them!

What began in 1936 as a flower parade has become the oldest and most celebrated ode to blooms in Europe .
Ever since its inception, Zundert in the Netherlands has hosted an annual flower show Bloemencorso, with an average 50,000 visitors descending on the town to look at the brilliant displays.
Creators use dahlias for their breathtaking displays and build gravity defying sculptures of tigers holding cubs in their mouths, leopards chasing antelope, and bejewelled elephants.

Each of the competing districts of Zundert - which was the home of Vincent Van Gogh - construct their own entry and compete in the parade, which occurs every first Sunday in September.

According to those behind Bloemencorso, the parade is all the work of dedicated volunteers, who do not profit from the colourful display.
A staggering six to eight million dahlia flowers are used to produce the floats.
posted by Will Duck (8 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Whoa, that makes the American New Year's Day Rose parade look like garbage compared to these.
posted by mathowie at 7:59 AM on January 15, 2013

You know, I've been to things called "parades" but after seeing this... I've never been to a parade.
posted by Jpfed at 8:02 AM on January 15, 2013

A capital H would help in more rapid understanding of the sentence.
posted by infini at 8:05 AM on January 15, 2013 [1 favorite]

Holland vs. The Netherlands.
posted by swift at 8:09 AM on January 15, 2013 [1 favorite]

The scale isn't any larger than the floats in the Rose Parade. The street is just narrower. The only one that really blew me away compared to the floats in Pasadena was the mother tiger.
posted by postel's law at 8:21 AM on January 15, 2013

The street is just narrower.

Thanks for the parade precipitation.
posted by obscurator at 8:29 AM on January 15, 2013 [1 favorite]

I didn't know it was Holland Days already! My favorite time for eggs and toast :)
posted by rebent at 7:21 PM on January 15, 2013

they certainly know how to put on a show there, we could do with something like that here
posted by homestorage4u at 1:06 AM on January 23, 2013

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