Spectacular Flower Parade Marches Down Colorful Floats Festooned with Thousands of Dahlias

Since 1936, the first Sunday of September has seen the streets of a small Netherlandish town transform into a stage for elaborate, flower-festooned floats. The Corso Zundert is an annual tradition on Vincent Van Gogh‘s hometown of Zundert, with the flower parade drawing huge crowds to see the spectacular floats.

Adorned only with dahlias, the parade pits 20 different neighborhoods against one another, as they hope to win the top prize in the public vote. The event is entirely volunteer driven, with the year long preparations—from dahlia cultivation to construction—bringing together the community. The tradition draws in all generations, with senior members of the community typically tending to the gardens, while the younger generation does the heavy lifting in putting together the colorful floats, which are covered with thousands of flowers.

Throughout the summer each hamlet works on their float, with tents erected in May or June as volunteers work to perfect their float. The flowers are the finishing touch. Since they must be fresh, the dahlias are put in place just three days before the event, with workers racing around the clock to make sure each area of the float is covered.

The winning float from the 2017 parade comes from the Schijf hamlet, with its float of a figure reclining on a chair carried by volunteers. The victory was a first for the neighborhood, after coming in third several times. Let's take a closer look at this year's parade and the fabulous flower floats.

The Corso Zundert flower parade is an annual tradition dating back to 1936.

20 different hamlets compete—making preparations all year—to build the best float adorned with thousands of dahlias.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Romy Fernandez.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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