Watching the dahlia parade on a sunny day.

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The winner in 2008, Group harbers paul.

Every flower parade in the Netherlands is a huge attraction, drawing tourists from home and abroad. Every year, spectacular flower parades throughout the Netherlands can be seen from April through September.

I just want to tell something about the bloemencorso in Lichtenvoorde, which is the closest to me and where I have participated some years. The ideas and designs are developed early every year. It’s a huge job to build a float so you have to start as soon as possible. This flower parade in Lichtenvoorde has 20 participants who build a float with 100.000 till 300.000 flowers per float, and a lot of small ones build by children. This parade is a typical dahlia-parade. That means that only the flower “dahlia” is used to create the float, but you are allowed to use a little bit other stuff for decoration.

A typical dahlia.
In Lichtenvoorde a significant number of dahlias you should grow yourself. So every group has a lot of bulbs for own use. You have to buy the other dahlia from other groups in other cities who have there parade on an other date. The benefit of a dahlia is that it grows the whole year. That means from mid May till the end of September. By selling the flowers to other parades you can earn some money that you need building your float. In the winter you have to get the bulbs out of the ground because they can’t stand the freezing temperature.

Groups are created by friends or family, neighbors or streets. The biggest job is to get the flowers in 2 days on your float. So they start on Friday morning and you keep on going till it is finished. Mostly the work is done between Saturday evening 22:00 and 6:00 am Sunday morning.

The flower parade in Lichtenvoorde takes place every year at the second Sunday in September at 2pm. It starts with all the children and some music bands and after that the big ones.

All the info you want, can be found at:
http://www.bloemencorso.com/
The site is in Dutch and German…. Sorry no English.

 

Last year I took a lot of pictures! Enjoy the flower parade from 2008.

 

Hope you can find some time to visit this parade on the 13th of September in 2009!

gejah says:
mooi! jij bent druk geweest!!!
Posted on: Jan 31, 2009
dahling says:
THis is one of the nicest parades I have ever seen. NO, actually it is THE nicest I have seen, I have never even seen such a beautiful things and all of my flowers ;) Thanks so much for sharing.
Posted on: Jan 30, 2009
travelman727 says:
Is this what the San Francisco hippies meant when they talked about, "Flower Power"?
Posted on: Jan 21, 2009
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The winner in 2008, Group harbers …
The winner in 2008, Group harbers…
A typical dahlia.
A typical dahlia.
Start at 14:00
Start at 14:00
Showband
Showband
Showband
Showband
Entertainment
Entertainment
Entertainment
Entertainment
Group Kwintet
Group Kwintet
Group Kwintet
Group Kwintet
Group van Ons
Group van Ons
Group van Ons
Group van Ons
Group van Ons
Group van Ons
Group van Ons
Group van Ons
Group Marneth
Group Marneth
Group Marneth
Group Marneth
Group Marneth
Group Marneth
Group Marneth
Group Marneth
Music showband
Music showband
Group Lora
Group Lora
Group Lora
Group Lora
Group t geschudt
Group 't geschudt
Group te Vruchte
Group te Vruchte
Group te Vruchte
Group te Vruchte
Group te Vruchte
Group te Vruchte
Group van Reedestraat
Group van Reedestraat
Group Boschlaan.
Group Boschlaan.
Group Boschlaan.
Group Boschlaan.
Group Boschlaan.
Group Boschlaan.
Showband
Showband
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Boschkempers
Group Lihdanfurt
Group Lihdanfurt
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Showband
Showband
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Group 6-kamp
Bagpipes
Bagpipes
Spectators
Spectators
For translation use google-transla…
For translation use google-transl…
Group Rensing
Group Rensing
Group Rensing
Group Rensing
Group Rensing
Group Rensing
Group Rensing
Group Rensing
Group Lansink-Bluiminck
Group Lansink-Bluiminck
Group Lansink-Bluiminck
Group Lansink-Bluiminck
Group Zieuwentseweg
Group Zieuwentseweg
Group Zieuwentseweg
Group Zieuwentseweg
Group Zieuwentseweg
Group Zieuwentseweg
Group Zieuwentseweg
Group Zieuwentseweg
Group Zieuwentseweg
Group Zieuwentseweg
Group Hooiland
Group Hooiland
Group Hooiland
Group Hooiland
Music band
Music band
They ask for a donation
They ask for a donation
They also :)
They also :)
Group the lummels
Group the lummels
Group the lummels
Group the lummels
Group the lummels
Group the lummels
Group the lummels
Group the lummels
Group Witte Brug
Group Witte Brug
Group Witte Brug
Group Witte Brug
Group Teeuws
Group Teeuws
Group Teeuws
Group Teeuws
Group Teeuws
Group Teeuws
Group Vedut nogal
Group Vedut nogal
Group Teeuws
Group Teeuws
Group Teeuws
Group Teeuws
Group Teeuws
Group Teeuws
Group Vedut nogal
Group Vedut nogal
Group Vedut nogal
Group Vedut nogal
Group Vedut nogal
Group Vedut nogal
Group Vedut nogal
Group Vedut nogal
Group Vedut nogal
Group Vedut nogal
Show
Show
Showband
Showband
End of the parade
End of the parade
Lot of people
Lot of people
Lot of people
Lot of people
Crowded
Crowded
Lot of people.
Lot of people.
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