They say all good things must come to an end. For the town of Spalding in Lincolnshire,UK, a good thing has come to an end. 2013 is the last and final year for The Spalding Flower Parade. Due to the lack of funding, the popular annual parade will not be returning.
The parade started over 50 years ago to celebrate the beautiful tulips grown in the area. People far and wide come to see the elaborate parade floats at the Spalding Flower Parade, which are covered with thousands of tulip petals. As many as 100 000 tulip heads are used to decorate a single float!
This year’s festival theme was “Let’s Celebrate!” There were 35 parade floats on the parade route, which included a lion’s head, dragon, elephant and 3-tiered cake. Along with the floats, spectators enjoyed circus performers, stilt walkers, and marching bands! Flower Queens from past parades were also invited to join the parade.
If you weren’t one of the thousands of people who attended the event, here is a video of the 2013 Spalding Flower Parade:
And even though there was a shortage of tulips (only 200 bags of tulips this year, compared to 1000 bags this year) due to the cold weather, it was still a successful event. Organizers and spectators would agree that the floats were still quite vibrant and colourful!
There are plans for a new People’s Parade for Spalding in 2014.
Other Flower Parades:
- The Rose Parade in Pasadena, California (funflowerfacts.c0m)
- The Zundert Flower Parade in the Netherlands (funflowerfacts.com)
- The Bataille de Fleurs in Nice, France (funflowerfacts.com)
- Chiang Mai Flower Festival in Thailand (funflowerfacts.com)
- The Jersey Battle of Flowers (funflowerfacts.com)
- The Medellin Flower Festival in Colombia (growerdirect.com)