Subject:The Dutch FLOWER Parade (12 Photos)
Let's hope the wind doesn't blow too hard! The flowers have been meticulously placed to
create the giraffes, even down to their eyelids and hair that lines their neck.
A roaring good show: The intricate blooms have been manipulated
to create this gravity-defying impressive model of a tiger and her cubs.
Every float is made from dahlias. This twisting house, which is as high
as other apartments, weaves its way through the narrow streets.
Just by using dahlias, volunteers created this show-stopping piece,
where a startled antelope flees the clutches of a cheetah that gives chase.
Utterly brilliant the competitors left no detail out - they even included the numbers on the tags
on the ears, and what appears to be the inner workings of a milk-processing plant within the cow's body.
Something fishy about this: Bloemencorso saw this elaborate fish display, which saw a shoal of fish
whirl around each other - even using light-coloured dahlias to shade in the light bouncing off the eyeballs.
Bloemencorso began in 1936, and since then has spiraled in popularity, as the small population
makes huge efforts to outdo one another so they can create sculptures like this huge organ.
Even the meerkats get a mention! The curious animals are brought to life, as creators
perfected every inch of the models, even down to their nails and shading on their tails.
Out of this world! Every float here is made from petals and, despite being made from such a
delicate, tiny structure, take on gigantic proportions which people clamor to see.
It's really taken off! Bloemencorso has grown in term of popularity and in the sheer size of the
creations, with thousands flocking to the home of Vincent Van Gogh to gasp at the displays.
Held on the first Sunday of every September, the quaint town becomes packed with visitors
and, on this occasion, a huge rhinoceros made of delicate flowers.
Thousands turn out to Bloemencorso, as hamlets compete with each other to create the most
beautiful display - including this sinister-looking fishy creature.
Each of the competing districts of Zundert - which was the home of Vincent Van Gogh - constructs
its own entry and competes 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.