Varsseveld’s Carnival

The nearest small town to us, Varsseveld, is currently holding its annual four-day carnival. I went along to see the carnival parade last night. Nice atmosphere, with some good floats on show. A tradition in The Netherlands is to decorate the floats with thousands of flowers. There were some good examples last night. The most bizarre, however, was a float that represented a huge dung beetle, rolling an even larger ball of dung – the entire thing being covered in flowers and waste. Only in The Netherlands…

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More photos of the parade here.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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2 Responses to Varsseveld’s Carnival

  1. Bal says:

    Wow! what a beautiful sight and with such imagination too. Have you ever seen the carnival in Jersey CI?, they use flowers too. Do they have the same insurance problems we encounter over here? … or are they more relaxed about it? Our ‘no win – no fee’ culture is tapping into everything these days, including our enjoyment! Bah, humbug!

  2. Geoff says:

    No, I’ve never been to Jersey. The first Flower Parade I saw was the Bloemencorso in Lichtenvoorde a couple of years ago. See photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gcoupe/sets/72157594277873262/ That’s a big parade. Whole fields in the surrounding area are given over to growing all the flowers needed. As for insurance, I don’t know what they do…

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