One of spring symbols in Holland is definitely the Flower Parade – Bloemencorso, that starts in Noordwijk which is located in west Holland, and ends in Haarlem in north Holland. This colorful parade lasts for 12 hours.
On Friday, a day before the parade starts, all the floating stages, decorated with giant dolls made of flowers, are exhibited in the village center lightened up with colored lights. On Saturday, on 9:30 a.m. the parade starts.
A procession with about twenty floats and decorated cars with dolls made of colored flowers, jugglers, dancers and players hit the road. Thousands of spectators wait for the procession in all the places were it passes. Due to the numerous visitors during the parde days and the high demand for accommodations it is recommended to check hotel rates and book rooms well in advance.
After 12 hours of slow ride, on 9 p.m., the multicolored procession enters the center of Haarlem. All the floats and the cars that participate in the parade are exhibited, like in the start point, until Sunday on 5 p.m. for the joy of the audience.
Updated details of the event are in Bloemencorso web site.
The parade’s program, schedule of events etc. is present in Bloemencorso website. See details below, under “Event Related Information” section.