New York may have the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but a tiny town in the Netherlands has an even more striking seasonal celebration called the Bloemencorso. The spectacular march features giant floats made from thousands of flowers, and it could easily rival the world's most beautiful celebrations. The small city of Zundert (population under 20,000) is overrun with larger-than-life animatronic animals and puppets and gorgeously crafted floats that stand taller than houses. Zundert's Bloemencorso has become so popular that over 50,000 people attend each year, making it the largest flower parade in the world!
The Bloemncorso in Zundert takes place the first Sunday of every September. Hundreds of volunteer of all ages help construct the floats. The community’s older residents traditionally plant the flowers while the younger members assemble the structure by hand in temporary tents. Zundert’s celebration is extra unique, as the town only uses dahlias to decorate their objects.
Building the floats is a major social event. City residents work together for over three months to perfect their float. While the tents go up during the summer, the dahlias must be fresh for the parade so they cannot be attached until the very last few days. Twenty of the town’s districts compete to create the most stunning design. From tigers and chickens to swirling cityscapes, each year is bursting with new and exciting floral creations!