Flower Parade Pays Tribute To Its Famous Son, Vincent Van Gogh
Zundert, VanGogh’s birthplace, holds the annual Bloemencorso (“flower parade”) every first week of September. It started in 1936 as a celebration of Queen Wilhelmina’s birthday. The first parade consisted of decorated bicycles and a single farmer’s cart.
In 79 years of celebration, there were only two years with a chosen theme for the event. Most of the time, the teams were free to come up with their own design.
This year, 19 teams participated and took inspiration from the works of their famous son, Vincent Van Gogh. This year marks his 125th death anniversary.
An area of 33 hectares of dahlia fields was grown mainly for this event. All floats were created by the residents of Zundert, who undergone training at Art Academy.
Vincent Van Gogh was born in Zundert, Netherlands on March 30, 1853.