Sint Jansklooster Flower parade - 2018
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Sint Jansklooster, Overste Netherlands
Today, Sint Jansklooster’s flower parade is among the top three flower parades in the Netherlands. Thanks to this status, the floral spectacle has grown to become a popular and highly valued leisure event. However, it took a long time before the colorful spectacle acquired the prestigious position it has today.
The real breakthrough came in 1968 with the introduction of an idea that had blown over from Lichtenvoorde. This saw the addition of flowers to the procession. Parts of the carts and wagons were decorated with gladiolas. The trend was soon copied and in no time all of the carts and wagons were decorated with many types of flowers.
A new phenomenon was introduced in 1987. Whereas the floral floats had previously been towed, first by tractors and later by cars, it became possible to transport them under their own power. Today, it has become impossible to imagine the parade without the use of lorry and bus chassis.
There was also more and more attention for the people on and around the floral creations. Simply wearing costumes was no longer sufficient.
Large groups of performers gathered on and around the floats, in order to put on real plays. Nowadays complete scripts are written. Combined with lighting, smoke, music and sound, the resulting choreographies and musicals add an extra dimension to the flower parade.
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