With the start of another September comes the legendary Zundert Flower Parade or Corso Zundert (previously featured here), when the streets of Zundert, Netherlands are filled with spectacular floats made of thousands of vibrant dahlias.

Started in 1936, the parade celebrates the region’s reputation as a global supplier of dahlia flowers, an area now covering 33 hectares (81 acres) of 600,000 dahlia bulbs in fifty different species. The first Corso Zundert parades were modest in size featuring horse-drawn carts or bicycles covered in flowers, but the event has since grown dramatically. The floats now merge more ambitious aspects of contemporary/urban art with traditional parade floats as part of a friendly annual competition.

Zundert is the birthplace of Vincent van Gogh and this year’s 19 parade floats were inspired by imagery, motifs, and colors from his paintings. Our favorite float from this year’s parade is this awesome hedgehog made of pencils:

Head over to BN DeStem to check out many more photos from this year’s dazzling Corso Zundert.

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Imagine a theme park kinda like Disney but instead of a Disney theme it’s a Broadway theme. There could be a Phantom of the Opera haunted boat ride, a Carousel carousel, a Wicked indoor ride, a Rock of Ages Roller Coaster, The Secret Garden walkthrough garden maze. The parade would have floats featuring different shows. Themed restaurants would include a real life Lulu’s Pies from Waitress, a RENT Santa Fe restaurant, Mrs. Lovett’s Pie shop, a Something Rotten omelette stand… The possibilities are endless!

Today we learned that the people of Bassersdorf, a small town in Zürich, Switzerland, is populated by daredevils. YouTube contributor Rolf Zemp shared this footage of Bassersdorfians celebrating Carnival with a parade float featuring a working mini rollercoaster. It even has one quite-possibly-life-threatening vertical loop. Whee!

So just make sure you aren’t wearing any protective gear whatsoever and climb aboard the Mobile Achterbahn:

[via Gizmodo]

Riders on a float in the Bud Billiken Parade wave to the crowd at the 4400 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Chicago, August 14, 1999. ABC7 food critic James Ward stands on the float in a striped shirt. Photograph by Lynne Lee

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Jeff Koons, “Rabbit” (2009 Covent Garden replica from original “Rabbit” 1986): This 53-foot rabbit float has shown its metallic face all over the globe, but it looks especially dazzling here in Covent Garden, London. Save maybe Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons is usually the first figure people turn to when they think of artists dissolving the boundaries between high-brow and low-brow. As irreverent as his kitschy objects seem, there’s usually something seductive about them. When I first discovered Koons (through his work of course), I considered his entire enterprise to be sneering, cynically poking fun of the history of art. Perhaps these projects lean more towards postmodern cynicism than modernist convictions, but after hearing Koons discuss his works in interviews with such a genuine, almost quasi-spiritual tone, I’m now convinced that he is not in the least bit ironic when he claims that his artwork is primarily an exploration aesthetic experience. His pieces incite me to question how far sensual beauty can go in this hyper-consumerist society of a post-industrial economy? Of course, the grandiose, monumental scale and the theatrical nature of his projects sets them apart from mere kitsch curios, and perhaps links him with Baroque and Rococo flamboyancy (he has in fact exhibited his work in the Palace of Versailles.) And yet, I also feel that beneath all the flashy pomp and flare, there’s a sentimental and personal aspect to Koons’ work: in many ways these projects try to reclaim lost childhood, perhaps a response to Koons’ loss of his son from a nasty divorce custody case. Clearly Koons’s projects are too complex and complicated to sum up in so many words.

Nighttime Parade speculation

So as we know msep is confusingly leaving Wdw and going back to Disneyland (again) and given how sudden this decision was it’s left MANY including people in the know scratching their heads. So it’s starting to get hinted around the insidersphere that we may be getting a parade to WDW that isn’t new, but rather new to us. The parade in question is Tokyo Disneyland’s Dreamlights, which if you don’t know is imo the best damn night parade around period (yes better than PTN). Link to that here. So if this parade is so amazing why are they letting us potentially borrow it? Well because it was hinted at a while ago that Tokyo is getting a new nighttime parade.

A while ago this image dropped and while the current tokyo parade has floats similar to this if you inspect them they are vastly different and it’s interesting to note that they have a finding dory float in the image above when this picture came out in early 2015. Seems like they had been planning a new parade for some time and I’m going to guess that the work on it got fast tracked meaning wdw could pick up their old parade sooner? Time will tell but for now things are looking interesting.

A birthday card from 1951, just after Canterbury celebrated its centennial, reflects a royalist sentiment amongst the citizens of Christchurch. In the summer of 1950–51, two celebratory processions were held. The first was an historical pageant. The second was a floral procession reflecting Christchurch’s identity as the garden city. This card was published by the Hays department store, a well known Christchurch store for over 50 years. Founded by Sir James Hay, businessman, philanthropist, politician and Presbyterian welfare worker, it had opened in Gloucester Street for the first time on Friday 13 December 1929. Hay’s Roof became a popular playground for children to visit. In 1948 owner James Hay initiated an annual Christmas parade with floats depicting familiar nursery rhymes; it is likely that this Crown Jewels float was also constructed by Hays.

[Hays Ltd (Christchurch)] :Birthday greetings to you. The Crown jewels. Canterbury Centennial floral procession. [Front cover. 1953]