The tiny town of Zundert is most famously known as the birthplace of master painted Vincent Van Gogh, and the Bloemencorso parade honors his artistic spirit. With a population of just 20,000, the town bursts with activity for the flower parade each year, attracting 50,000 flower-loving visitors. In preparation, locals work together for three months on each float, attaching the flowers just a few days before show time to keep them crisp and fresh. The main street is transformed into a giant specator’s arena, with visitors relaxing on bleachers as the floats, which rise higher than most of Zundert’s buildings, make their way down the thoroughfare.
The town’s districts compete for the best design. This year, revelers saw a toppled Venus de Milo in white blooms, oversized paintings of petals, an MC Escher-esque architectural landscape, as well as gorgeous creatures, characters and animals. The town’s tradition is to only use dahlia flowers to decorate each float, showing the transformative power that flowers can achieve with a little imagination!
Photos by Niels Braspenning and Malou Evers