Fruit Parade in Tiel
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The only time I heard about Tiel was when I got two new roommates in my dormroom in Breda who lived in Beneden-Leeuwen and their nearest train station was Tiel. They always complained about the long trip it was to get to Breda because Beneden-Leeuwen was such a hamlet but I never really thought it over. Until my mom asked me if I would like to join her and my dad for a trip to Ingen, a small village near Tiel to visit some friends of theirs and visit the Fruit Parade. It seemed to be quite a sight, so I said yes. But then I found out that it would take me one hour and 45 minutes to come to Tiel by train. Nijmegen, which is quite a bit further away would take me only one hour! That Fruit Corso must be quite something I thought so I got my dad so far he would pick me up in Nijmegen thankfully, and then we drove to Ingen and later on to Tiel.
Many years ago I once visited a Flower Parade, and the concept was quite the same. Giant vehicles which remind you of Carnival mobiles with iron framework and paper-maché, covered with all sorts of fruit, vegetables and seeds in all sorts of shapes and patterns. One of my mom and dad's friends worked on one of the vehicles and you wouldn't believe how much time it takes to create something like that. there are quite some things to consider actually, because fruit does not last forever you have to make sure when you tape the fruit on to the vehicle it is fresh enough so it will last for a few more days. Most of the fruit-taping-work was done in the last three or four days. seeds can be done earlier and nuts and some kind of vegetables, but it's pretty much night work in the last couple of days.
We stood on one side of the road for about three hours watching the vehicles pass and the were wonderful, sometimes I even gasped at their beauty and precision. They were amazing and just then you realize what an effort and dedication is needed to create a Fruit Parade vehicle like that. I started to respect those people and monks in the middle east immediately...for doing the same work for a long time and being happy about it. I would never have that patience for anything like that!
Because I'm into art I definitely got some inspiration out of the vehicles and the way they had built their ideas into fruits. I hope you will understand what I mean with the pictures I included :) enjoy!