Experience the Bollenstreek flower parade
The tulip blossom Holland has done it to us. We were already once traveling in the Netherlands to see tulips. Now we want to know more about how they are bred. Again we have the opportunity to see this firework of colors and flowers. As us the invitation from Simone from nach-holland.de At any rate, we say immediately to the flower corso between Harleem and Noordwijk. We do not need to think about it for long. Simone has invited us to the flower corso of Bollenstreek.
We have three days to see the tulip blossom in Holland. We want to learn more about this pageant. This will be held for the 2021th time in 74. At the flower parade, the Dutch tulip growers celebrate themselves and their tulips with a procession lasting several days. They travel through the country with decorated floats filled with tulips. Every year the flower parade has a different motto. In 2021 it will be 'A world of colors', fitting, because King's Day will be celebrated in the Netherlands just two days after the end of the flower parade.
The construction of the carriages for the flower corso in Sassenheim
In Sassenheim near Lisse, the cars are prepared for the pageant. Volunteers help to decorate the wagons with hyacinths, tulips and other flowers. They are working hard on it. Some of the cars are so big that it seems impossible that they will be finished until their performance on Friday in Noordwijkerhout. In any case, the motifs of the cars are already designed in the summer of the previous year.
Wilma Mesman, the art director of the flower parade, is responsible for this. She says that sometimes it is not easy to finish the cars as originally planned. Because Mother Nature still has a say in the design. If the tulips or hyacinths do not bloom in the colors that are needed for the decoration of the car at the time of the flower parade, then it becomes tight. "And what do you do when there are not enough flowers available?" I ask. Wilma laughs and says: "Then we have to change the designs." So a tremor.
The presentation of the tulip wagons in Noordwijkerhout
However, we don't notice any difficulties with the tulip procurement when we look at the floats on Friday evening. In the meantime, the winners of the flower parade have been determined. The Keukenhof float won first prize in 2015. This shows oversized tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. A color firework that is unparalleled in any case. The Königswagen won second prize. It is pulled by four horses with a mane of flowers. The "royal couple" then waves to us from its golden carriage. Other wagons show windmills, castles and even the hats of Queen Beatrix and Queen Maxima. The royal theme is gaining the upper hand this year, even if there are other theme cars.
The decorated cars are finally presented to the public in Noordwijkerhout. There are already some of the passengers here. Damsel in medieval robes and pointed toe. Little boys on a tulip-filled bicycle with wooden shoes. But also a crazy society of men and women in green suits and with red hair. Their role is not very clear to us though. But they always have fun.
We take a walk into the city center of Noordwijkerhout. There we can admire other floats. It doesn't take long before “De Koetillers” heat up the audience with groovy rhythms. What we thought was a typical village brass band, however, turns out to be a band that quickly makes people dance.
Tulip Blossom Holland: The Bollenstreek Flower Corso from Voorhout to Haarlem
On Saturday it's finally time. We are going by a boat from ours Houseboat in Warmond to Voorhout for the start of the move. An ingenious solution! Let's avoid any traffic jams and waiting times that we would otherwise have to expect when visiting the Blumencorso. Instead, our captain Rien drives us comfortably and warmly through the canals to the beginning of the flower parade. There we also have an unobstructed view of the cars and the music groups. These form only a few meters away from us and finally lead the procession.
Then they pass by in all their glory. The damsels wave, the "royal couple" nods to us in a friendly manner. The men and women in their green suits and red hair are still up to mischief, the meaning of which is not entirely clear to us. In between, music bands and tambourine drummers now mix with marching music and drum rolls. Cheerleaders also twirl their pompoms. A great sight and definitely an experience as the decorated cars pass us!
The flower corso in Bollenstreek is not the only tulip pageant in Holland, but certainly one of the best known. Definitely a celebration that we will not forget so soon!
The flower corso in the Bollenstreek 2021
This year, the Flower corso in the Bollenstreek from April 17, 2021. (The parade begins on April 17th at 9.30:14 a.m.) The flower parade celebrations will take place from April 18-2021, XNUMX.
You can watch the cars being set up. There are already events celebrating the tulips in the run-up to the parade. What these are in 2021, and how exactly they are Road Cycling you can find out here: Bloemencorso Bollenstreek
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The reports of the other participants in our blogger trip about the flower corso in Bollenstreek can be found here:
- Nicole Biarnes from Freibeuter Reisen has it special The smell of hyacinths done.
- Katharina Unger from the Netherlands blog looks behind the scenes of the Blumencorso.
- Simone from nach-Holland.de tells that a whale made the start at the flower parade in the year 1947.
- Claudia Claudi experiences the flower corso around the world, How I fell into the flower wonderland in Holland
Source: own research on site. We thank Simone from Nach-Holland.de and Olympia Charters for the invitation to and organization of this tulip blossom Holland trip.
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