Monday, September 20, 2010

Bloemencorso in Loenhout (12 Sep 2010)





We went to the Bloemencorso flower parade in Loenhout last Sunday (12 Sep). The Bloemencorso or flower parade is an annual event organized by Loenhout (a dutch-speaking village in Belgium which borders Netherlands), and has a long history dating back to the early 1950s. This was my third time attending the parade since 2008 but nevertheless I always look forward to this event and the huge and beautiful flower carriages which go on parade. This parade was first started on 31 August 1952 to celebrate the opening of the renewed road from Brecht to Loenhout and since then it has become an annual affair which attracts thousands of people both from Belgium and Netherlands.

The flower parade not only attracts loads of visitors to the small village of Loenhout, it also serves to keep the children of Loenhout busy during the summer holiday months of July and August as they would be fully occupied in the conceptual design, physical assembly of the metal frame as well as the labourious task of tacking the flowers onto the carriages. I went once to the assembly hall where people were working day and night the day before the event, and I was amazed at the unity and the caramaderie displayed by both adults and children. Some were sitting down quietly tacking the flowers, while others were busy climbing up the scaffolding and putting up the metal frames in place. And there were also others who helped serve coffee/tea and snacks to the people. It was a huge logistics exercise just to get enough flowers to fill the carriages. The flowers were mainly grown in the village itself but part of them were bought from neighbouring Netherlands to make up the shortfall.

If you would like to know more about the Bloemencorso flower parade held in Loenhout each year, here is the link :
 
http://www.bloemencorsoloenhout.be/

The Bloemencorso in Loenhout always takes place on the 2nd Sunday of September each year. The neighbouring village, Zundert in Netherlands, also has a similar flower parade but on a bigger scale, which takes place on the 1st Sunday of September every year. 

http://new.bloemencorsozundert.nl/

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