Blumenkorso is the biggest event of the year for the small town of Zundert, the Netherlands, and at the same time the largest flower parade in the world. People look forward to it for many months, and in the summer they spend weeks preparing for it. Huge platforms are made of wire, cardboard and papier-mâché and are completely covered in dahlias in intricate designs. Dahlias are grown specifically for the parade and thousands of flowers are required just to cover one platform. The platforms are made by twenty different villages, where each team consists of hundreds of builders ranging in age from 1 to 100 years old who are completely dedicated to this work. The older members of the village are often responsible for growing the dahlias, while the younger ones build podiums in large temporary tents set up for the occasion. We already wrote about this holiday last year, now we will tell you how Blumenkorso 2013 was held
The event is held on the first Sunday of September, which fell on the 1st day of the month in 2013. Twenty giant flower sculptures took over the city on Sunday, mesmerizing thousands of spectators, young and old. Every year, Zundert manages to shake off the old-fashioned vibe by hosting a massive flower parade, presenting exciting and modern dahlia sculptures. In addition, people have fun during special competitions and take part in the fair. During Blumencorso, flower platforms are in constant motion and can be blown up, frozen in ice, or stained with paint.
The winner of this year 2013 was the ‘Gekkengoud’ raft designed by Steven van Erck and Stefan van Steen. The installation was dedicated to an Aztec ruler who gilded himself on his own. The Spaniards believed that whoever looked at him would slowly become insane. Oro Loko — so they called it, ‘unbearable gold’.
The photographs convey the full scale of the events of Blumenkorso in 2013. Photographs by Nils Braspenning and Malou Evers.