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

Entry relat­ed to place: Nether­lands

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.

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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.