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:
As Germans kicked off their annual Carnival celebration Monday with huge parades, Donald Trump was right there with them — well, his head was, at least. The city of Düsseldorf’s parade featured a massive papier mâché bust of the Republican presidential candidate atop a float.
“Founded in 1936, the annual Corso Zundert parade is a celebration of the Netherlands’ most iconic exports: flowers. The event is held every year in the small town of Zundert where 20 teams of volunteers from different hamlets compete for the best designed parade float. More than being covered almost completely in vibrant dahlia flowers, the float designs often incorporate moving elements and are accompanied by marching bands and other performers along the parade route.”
Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers Honor Vincent van Gogh
If you’ve not yet heard of Corso Zundert, it’s a legendary parade of giant floats adorned with thousands of dahlia flowers that makes its way through the streets of Zundert, Netherlands. This year, the theme was to celebrate the life and work of Vincent van Gogh who was born in the same town 162 years ago.
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: