In the Netherlands, a Parade of Giant Van Gogh-Inspired Floats Made of Flowers

A float made of dahlia flowers resembling Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is shown during the annual Corso Zundert Parade in Zundert, the Netherlands. (Photo: Corso Zundert via Twitter)

A float made of dahlia flowers resembling Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is shown during the annual Corso Zundert Parade in Zundert, the Netherlands. (Photo: Corso Zundert via Twitter)

Every year, thousands gather in Zundert, a small town of close to 22,000 in the southern part of Netherlands, for the oldest—and arguably quirkiest—flower festival in Europe.

Corso Zundert is known around the world for its giant sculptural floats covered in dahlias, and the town’s people are really into their annual fête.

“We are crazy about our flower parade,” reads a description on the parade’s website. “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?”

This year, the town is honored Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, who was born in Zundert in 1853 and died 125 years ago this year. Coverage from Juxtapoz tipped us off.

Adieu Vincent, a float that depicted the artist lying in repose, brush in hand, on a bed of tall flowers comprised of varying shades of brilliant purple dahlias, took this year’s top honors.

Below, some standout floats from the festivities. (We’re giving extra points to the makers of the float inspired by van Gogh’s painting, The Potato Eaters, which is on view at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.)

Vincent van Gogh's 1885 painting The Potato Eaters as a float. (Photo: via Juxtapoz)

Vincent van Gogh’s 1885 painting The Potato Eaters as a float. (Photo: via Juxtapoz)

Vincent van Gogh, The Potato Eaters, (1885). (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

For reference, Vincent van Gogh’s The Potato Eaters, (1885). (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Vincent, in repose. (Photo: Werner Pellis)

The parade’s winning float, Adieu Vincent. (Photo: Werner Pellis)

A float resembling the Japanese flowering trees that were recurring motifs in van Gogh's paintings. (Photo: Werner Pellis)

A float resembling the Japanese flowering trees that were recurring motifs in van Gogh’s paintings. (Photo: Werner Pellis)

Van Gogh in his wide-brimmed straw hat. (Photo: via Juxtapoz)

Van Gogh in his wide-brimmed straw hat. (Photo: via Juxtapoz)

In the Netherlands, a Parade of Giant Van Gogh-Inspired Floats Made of Flowers