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Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014

Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014 parades Netherlands flowers
Tiggelaar with Atlas 2.0 (10th place) / Photo by Malou Evers

Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014 parades Netherlands flowers
Photo © Omroep Brabant

Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014 parades Netherlands flowers
Klein-Zundertse Heikant with Horsepower (1st place) / Photo by Werner Pellis

Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014 parades Netherlands flowers
Klein-Zundertse Heikant with Horsepower (1st place) / Photo by Malou Evers

Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014 parades Netherlands flowers
Molenstraat with 737 (13th place) / Photo by Malou Evers

Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014 parades Netherlands flowers
Photo © Omroep Brabant

Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014 parades Netherlands flowers
Poteind with Proud (11th place) / Photo by Werner Pellis

Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014 parades Netherlands flowers
Photo © Omroep Brabant

Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014 parades Netherlands flowers
Photo © Omroep Brabant

Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014 parades Netherlands flowers
Photo © Omroep Brabant

Parade Floats Adorned with Thousands of Dahlia Flowers at Corso Zundert 2014 parades Netherlands flowers
Photo © Omroep Brabant

Yes, it’s that time of year again for the world’s largest flower parade, Corso Zundert in the Netherlands! Located in the small town of Zundert at the Belgian border, the annual parade features 20 giant floats created by various districts within the city. To encourage a wide breadth of creativity the parade never has a theme, leaving teams free to design whatever they want as long as the floats fit the within 20 x 10 meters and are completely adorned with dahlia flowers.

This year the parade saw everything from a deconstructed 737 airliner to a guitar-playing cephalopod, with the first place prize awarded to the brawny flexing horse float, Horsepower.

If you want to explore a bit more, there are more photos of the 2014 event courtesy Omroep Brabant, and you can also see our Corso Zundert coverage in 2013 and beyond.

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Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Bubblegum by Gerard van Erk, Jack Nouws and Brian Boot / Photo © Omroep Brabant

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
It Wasn’t Me by Erik van Elsacker, Aart-Jan Borrias and RenĂ© Jochems / Photo © Omroep Brabant

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Crazy Gold by Steven van Erck and Stefan van Steen / Photo © Niels Braspenning

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Photo © Omroep Brabant

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Vennus of Milos by Robin Schijfs, Jesse Verheijen and Ton van Beek / Photo © Niels Braspenning

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Photo © Omroep Brabant

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Spring Chicken by Kees Oomen / Photo © Niels Braspenning

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Tricked by Jos van Aert and Erwin Braspenning / Photo © Niels Braspenning

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Monsters by Sander van Hooydonk, Fedde van Erk and Gijs Leijdekkers / Photo © Niels Braspenning

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Gordel by Roy Verdaesdonck and Niek van den Broek / Photo © Omroep Brabant

It’s the biggest time of year for the small town of Zundert in the Netherlands. Twenty gigantic floats were paraded through the city as part of Corso Zundert (previously), an annual flower parade that sees teams of designers and artisans compete to build the most original sculpture covered almost completely with dahlia flowers.

Several floats appearing in Corso Zundert this year contained moving parts, including the winner, Crazy Gold, that had some 53 moving components. You can see a ranking of this years competitors over on Croso Zundert, videos on YouTube, and many more photos courtesy Omroep Brabant.

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Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands

Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands sculpture parades Netherlands flowers

Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands sculpture parades Netherlands flowers

Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands sculpture parades Netherlands flowers

Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands sculpture parades Netherlands flowers

Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands sculpture parades Netherlands flowers

Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands sculpture parades Netherlands flowers

Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands sculpture parades Netherlands flowers

Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands sculpture parades Netherlands flowers

Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands sculpture parades Netherlands flowers

Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands sculpture parades Netherlands flowers

Aside from being consistently ranked as one of the best countries to live in on Earth, file this as reason #4,123 to stop by the Netherlands: Bloemencorso, the annual parade of flowers in Zundert. That’s right, every float here is made from natural flowers, specifically dahlias. From twisting architectural structures the size of houses to bizarre animatronic birds and puppets, and even animals made from swooping gestures reminiscent of graffiti, Bloemencorso seems to have a little bit of everything. Despite the relatively small nature of Zundert (a small town north east of Belgium with a population of about 20,000) the variety of and ingenuity of these sculptures seems to know no bounds. I’ve embedded an hour-long video of the entire parade from 2012 above, it’s worth skipping around a bit to see everything, and you can see more videos on the event website and in this gallery. Want to see it in person? You’ll need to wait until next year, the next event happens September 1 and 2 of 2013. (thnx, kjeld!)

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