A Penciled Hedgehog Was One Of The Amazing Flower Floats At Corso Zundert

The famous Dutch parade occurs the first Sunday in September and this year a prickly hedgehog was one of the floats.

The famous Dutch parade occurs the first Sunday in September and this year a prickly hedgehog was one of the floats.

hedgehog flower float
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This hedgehog float was designed to look like it was made from pencils.

While not quite as old as the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, the Corso Zundert  in the Netherlands has a pretty impressive history, having started in 1936. The parade in Zundert also features floats decorated in flowers, but instead of roses the flower of choice is dahlias, which are grown in fields that currently take up 81 acres in the area. 

According to the Corso Zundert website, most years there is no theme for the parade, leaving the volunteer artists and designers free to create what they will. A themed parade is not unheard of though, as artist Vincent van Gogh, who was born in Zundert, was the honored theme twice before. This year, he was again honored, as it was the 125th anniversary of his death. The 19 floats celebrated were submitted by one or more hamlets in the area, and volunteers applied the flowers and “powered” the floats. 

Corso in Zundert ‘tikken’

De laatste dagen voor het Bloemencorso Zundert staan geheel in het teken van ‘tikken’ van de bloemen op de wagens #timelaps – gefilmd door Jurriën Haast, mede mogelijk gemaakt door Buurtschap Helpt Elkander. Meer over het corso: www.bndestem.nl/bloemencorso

Posted by Bn DeStem on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The hedgehog float from this year was created by the hamlet of Helpt Elkander. If you think the hedgehog seems to be made of pencils, you would be right, as the Daily Mail reported that it was made to look like hundreds of pencils to celebrate drawing. The float won third place in the contest, garnering 616 points. The winning float, Adieu Vincent, earned 634 points.

The floats average 400,000 dahlias and the maximum is 500,000 on a float. Floats are limited to being no more than about 62 feet long (19 meters), 14.7 feet (4.5 meters) wide and 29.5 feet high (9 meters), although a single entry can include more than one float. The floats are all powered by volunteers inside who walk the route and push the float, usually from inside. The route is 5.5 kilometers long or about 3.5 miles. Photos of all the amazing floral floats can be seen at the Bloemencorso Zundert Facebook page.

Corso Zunder 2015 results
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The 19 floral floats representing 20 hamlets were given points to determine the winner, Adieu Vincent by Wernhout hamlet.

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