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Flower Parade in the Bollenstreek

April 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A stunning flower sculpture showcasing two ducks surrounded by vibrant flowers, embodying unity and vitality during the Flower Parade in the Bollenstreek while it passing through Haarlem in the Netherlands.

A Blossoming Tradition

The Parade is a cherished tradition that dates back over a century, showcasing the beauty and diversity of the region’s iconic flower fields. Each year, on the third Saturday of April, colorful floats adorned with millions of flowers parade through the streets, creating a breathtaking display of floral artistry and craftsmanship. From tulips and daffodils to hyacinths and lilies, the Flower Parade celebrates the rich floral heritage of the Bollenstreek in all its splendor.


Corsoweek Festivities

The Flower Parade is the highlight of Corsoweek in the Bollenstreek, a week-long celebration that kicks off with a series of events and activities leading up to the main parade. From flower arranging workshops and art exhibitions to live music performances and cultural demonstrations, Corsoweek offers something for everyone to enjoy. But it’s the Flower Parade itself that steals the show, attracting visitors from far and wide to witness this extraordinary spectacle of color and creativity.


Route of the Flower Parade

The Flower Parade winds its way from Noordwijk to Haarlem, passing through the picturesque countryside and iconic flower fields of the Netherlands along the way. As the floats make their way through each town and village, spectators line the streets to catch a glimpse of the elaborate designs and intricate floral arrangements up close. From towering castles and mythical creatures to whimsical scenes and cultural motifs, each float is a work of art that reflects the creativity and ingenuity of its creators.


Keukenhof and Beyond

One of the highlights of the Flower Parade is its route past the world-famous Keukenhof flower park, where visitors can marvel at the stunning displays of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths in full bloom. Keukenhof serves as the perfect backdrop for the parade, offering a feast for the senses with its vibrant colors and intoxicating fragrances. After the parade, be sure to explore Keukenhof’s expansive gardens, themed pavilions, and scenic pathways, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of springtime in the Netherlands.


Immersive Experience

What sets the Parade apart is its immersive experience, allowing visitors to not only admire the floats from a distance but also interact with the participants and get involved in the festivities. From tossing flowers to waving at performers, spectators are encouraged to join in the fun and become part of the parade’s lively atmosphere. Whether you’re snapping photos, dancing to the music, or simply enjoying the sights and sounds, the Flower Parade offers an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of Dutch culture and hospitality.


Planning Your Visit to the Flower Parade

If you’re planning to attend the Parade in the Bollenstreek, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your experience:

  • Arrive Early: To secure a good viewing spot along the parade route, arrive early and stake out your position before the floats begin to pass by.
  • Bring Snacks and Drinks: Pack a picnic and plenty of water to stay hydrated and energized throughout the day, as the parade can last several hours.
  • Dress Appropriately: Be prepared for changing weather conditions by dressing in layers and wearing comfortable shoes for walking and standing.


The Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek

As a local resident of the Bollenstreek, I am proud to share the magic and excitement of the Flower Parade with visitors from abroad. From its colorful floats and breathtaking floral displays to its lively atmosphere and sense of community spirit, the Flower Parade is a celebration of springtime and the beauty of nature that is not to be missed. So come, join us in celebrating the Flower Parade in the Bollenstreek, and let the sights, sounds, and scents of this extraordinary event capture your heart and imagination.

Read more about other activities in the Bollenstreek

Read more about the Bollenstreek at National Geographic’s Road Trip: The Flower Route


April 20
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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