Zundert Corso – An Astonishing Spectacle!
If you think flower shows are boring then this will prove you completely wrong. If you’re planning on a trip to take in a flower parade, they don’t come any bigger than the astonishing Zundert Corso and would be the highlight of any European holiday. The world’s largest flower parade started in 1936 in the town of Zundert in the Netherlands and was put on in honour of Queen Wilhelmina. It is now held annually on the 1st Sunday in September.
Twenty teams of floral float makers from the surrounding villages compete against each other to produce the most incredible and beautiful display. Judging of the each of the floats in the parade is done by a team of independent professionals, as well as being a holiday parade it is a competition after all!.
By 1989 things were starting to get a bit out of hand so rules had to be introduced to limit the size of the floats. But make no mistake, at up to 9 metres high and 18 metres long these things are enormous.
The only flowers used in the Zundert Corso are dahlias, and a total of something like 8 million are used to cover the floats, of which 6 million are grown in the local area. As they are fresh the last fews days are a mad rush to finish the flower floats, with people often working through the night to get them completed in time for the parade.
The little town of Zundert has another claim to fame and may go some way to explaining the extraordinary levels of creativity on display. It’s the birth place of one of the world’s most famous artists, Vincent Van Gogh!
Although the flower parade takes place in September, work starts on the floats in May and June with tents being put up for the volunteers to work in. It also costs a fairly considerable amount of money to put a float together, anything up to around €20,000. Not surprising given the size of them.
The Zundert Corso is an amazing spectacle, sort of like the Chelsea Flower Show on steroids. So if you are planning a September holiday in the Netherlands it’s well worth having a day out at the flower parade. You can find out about it on their website: https://corsozundert.nl/en/home-2/