The day we chose for our Keukenhof visit happened to be the Saturday of the yearly Flower Parade. The parade covers a 40 kilometer route from Noordwijk to Haarlem, passing Keukenhof at around 3:30 in the afternoon. The following day, the floats are all on display in Haarlem.
It’s Captain Stubing!
Singapore Airlines sponsored a float.
“I can’t see! Can you see? I can’t see a thing!”
DJing from inside a floral pod.
More nautical themed floral design.
…but this one had mock surfers.
There were four or five marching bands in the parade.
Better visibility than the other car, but man these flowers are heavy!
Dancing to the groovy sounds of the Beach Boys. I’m not really sure why.
This was the ‘please give us money’ float. I missed the giant floral piggy, alas.
The energy company’s float.
Another marching band.
This one looked a bit like it was going to destroy us all.
I think this was supposed to represent farming?
Hey hey, it’s (not quite) the Beatles!
Cooking with flowers!
Who doesn’t love a good marching band?
I think I’m going to start using this next picture whenever someone asks me what kind of plugs are used in Germany. These look just like the charging plug for my phone. Except, you know, giant and made of flowers.
Faces! Very Easter-Island-y.
This school bus was being eaten by a shark. Again, I don’t really know why.
The purple and white cow was riding a motorcycle. I couldn’t get a better shot of the whole float though.
One of the last floats in the parade was actually a stage with a live band.
Have you ever seen the Keukenhof Flower Parade?