Zundert, Netherlands. Sept. 12th: On the first Sunday of September every year since 1936, Zundert—a small town in the Netherlands that is the birthplace of Vincent van Gogh—puts on the world’s largest volunteer-run Zundert Bloemencorso or flower parade, with a raft of over-the-top floats made from local dahlias. (Last year’s parade featured a special theme edition with floats inspired by Van Gogh to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the artist’s death.)
Around twenty hamlets build the best floats they can in order to establish their name at the flower parade of Zundert. The flower parade uses only dahlias. After a whole year of work and preparations, the parade is celebrated on the first Sunday of September. The colorful creations of the Zundert Flower Parade (#corsoZundert) attract tens of thousands of visitors every year.
The parade floats at the corso Zundert Flower Parade are designed and built by the twenty hamlets. Everything is done by volunteers, even the cultivation of the dahlias. In order to prepare the floats for the big parade, hundreds of people join together. The art of building the Zundert Parade floats has been passed down from generation to generation.
During the corso Zundert Flower Parade, the town pulls out all the stops. On Sunday and Monday (September 3rd and 4th), there were all kinds of music and theater performances for your enjoyment. The local bars and restaurants join in with special offers and activities.
Schijf won corso Zundert 2017. It was herald Schijf with its 260 actors who carried their ruler to victory on the first sunlit Sunday in September 2017. This was the first time ever that Schijf won first place
Zundert is on the border with Belgium, so the flower parade is a wonderful outing for both Dutch and Belgians.