Holland is famous for its flowers. Many towns organise their own flower parade.The most famous is in the ‘flower bulb’ district, the Bollenstreek, around Keukenhof, a bulb flower park near Amsterdam that open when the tulips . They celebrate their parade in April, when Keukenhof is in full bloom. They focus on the bulb flower and direct themselves towards the business of growing flowers and bulbs. Keukenhof is the most famous tulip garden in bloom to visit near Amsterdam.
Decorating the floats from the Dutch flower parade
It gets more creative outside of the ‘Randstad’ (the area of Amsterdam-The Hague-Rotterdam). Local organisations work months up to one year to design, build and decorated the floats, covered with thousands of flowers. They use dahlia blooms. The flowers are grown in huge community gardens. The floral floats are genius acts of theatre. Live music and costumed performance march along the floats. The biggest parade is in Zundert, near the Belgian border. The Zundert Flower Parade is held every first Sunday of September. (Zundert was the birthplace of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh!).