Bloemencorso Zundert is the biggest event of the year for the small town of Zundert, the Netherlands. It is the largest flower parade in the world.
Huge floats are made of wire, cardboard and papier-mâché and entirely covered in dahlias in intricate designs. The dahlias for grown specifically for the parade, and thousands of them are required just to cover one float. The floats are made by twenty different hamlets and each of them consists of hundreds of builders, aged 1 to 100, who are all equally crazy about the bloemencorso.
This year’s winning float was titled ‘Gekkengoud’ by Laer-Akkermolen, designed by Steven van Erck and Stefan van Steen. A float about the Aztec ruler that had himself gilded. The Spanish believed that whoever looked at him would slowly become mad. Oro Loco they called it, ‘maddening gold’.