We here at DFW Flowers think flowers are pretty great and should be celebrated. Apparently, plenty of people all over the world feel the same way! Every year, flower-centered festivals and parades are held around the world, from the U.S. to Europe to Asia. Here are our top 4 flower celebrations!
1. Bloemencorso Zundert, Zundert, Netherlands
While you may not be able to pronounce the name (which means Flower Parade of Zundert), this parade is the largest flower parade in the world boasting at least 7,500 citizens involved and up to 500,000 dahlia blooms per float. The parade was founded in 1936 and the majority of the floats are made from dahlia flowers. There is a contest for the best float and the entire town goes into frenzy over winning the prize.
2. The Jersey Battle of Flowers, Jersey, England
Started in 1902, this parade is the pride of Jersey with thousands of people participating and tourists flocking in from all over the world. The main flowers used are chrysanthemums, which are shipped in from the United Kingdom and Holland, and asters that are locally grown. 3. Rose Parade, Pasadena, California
Originally created as a marketing campaign to promote the “Mediterranean of the West” in 1890, The Rose Parade is now a widely recognized American event. With incredible floral floats, marching bands, and lots of people, this is truly a spectacular event.
4. Brussels’ Flower Carpet, Brussels’, Belgium
The first floral carpet of Brussels was created in 1971 on the Grand-Place by the landscape architect E. Stautemans. This beautiful carpet is made entirely of begonias, which are packed in with about 300 flowers per square meter. This prevents them from blowing away and allows them to create their own micro-climate that will help them last the week.
As you can see, flowers aren’t just for vases and gardens! There are many other flower festivals out there, where people are creating beautiful and spectacular displays with flowers. Maybe we should start our own… like us on Facebook and tell us what you think!