photos by - Erwin Martens
Located South of the Netherlands, the town of Zundert comes alive every first Sunday of September as visitors and locals alike converge to celebrate one of the biggest flower parades in the world.
Bloemencorso Zundert, or Zundert Flower Parade involves teams who design huge floral floats inspired by specific themes. The annual event pits the town's 20 districts against each other to see who creates the best floral float. The 2018 edition was held on September 2nd and 3rd.
Their website reads, "In Zundert, we are crazy about our flower parade. Our grannies and granddads started it in 1936 and we still can’t have enough of it. By the First Sunday of September the fever burns within us. Will the moving floats be finished in time? Are there enough dahlias? And who is going to win this time? Come to Zundert and share the experience!"
The floats are made of wire, cardboard and papier-mâché and the thousands of dahlias covering the floats are grown specifically for the parade. Here are some of the displays during this years festival.