We warmly welcome you for the 68th edition of the Bloemencorso van de Bollenstreek (Flower Parade). The bulb-growing area is a unique part of the Netherlands. This district is situated in the urban agglomeration of Western Holland, between the cities of Haarlem and Leiden, only 20 km. from Amsterdam. Characteristic of this area are the beautiful North Sea beaches and its hinterland filled with historical bulb-growing cultivation. This hinterland in particular is what makes the bulb-growing area so special. The explosion of colours of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths during springtime attracts millions of visitors from both home and abroad. All these spectacular flowers, the tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are processed for decoration in floats and luxury cars and will pass through the bulb-growing area for the 68th time on the 24th and 25th of April 2015, showing the Dutch flower-bulb cultivation in all its glory. On April 26th 2015 all floats can be admired at the market square in Haarlem.
Theme 200 years Kingdom
This year 15 big float cars and around 30 luxury and promotion cars take part of the Bloemencorso van de Bollenstreek. The theme is 200 jaar Koninkrijk (200 years Kingdom). The Kingdom of the Netherlands is 200 years old. Celebrations marking the bicentenary will be held from 2013 to 2015. This is a great opportunity to take stock of our shared past, present and future. From November 2013 to September 2015 the National Committee for the Bicentenary of the Kingdom will be arranging events and festivities that involve as many people and organisations as possible. More information about this subject could be find at this site. The Bloemencorso van de Bollenstreek does share this national celebration this year.
Official opening Bloemencorso van de Bollenstreek
The official opening of the Bloemencorso van de Bollenstreek was on Friday evening 24 April 2015 in Noordwijkerhout. Mr. Rein Willems, member National Committee Kingdom 200 years, has performed the official opening together with Joan Leemhuis-Stout, president of the National Committee May 4 and 5, which a nice connection is made between democracy and freedom. The opening ceremony took place at the start of the festive illuminated parade in Noordwijkerhout. Mr. Leo van der Zon, president of the Bloemencorso van de Bollenstreek, said to look forward to a fantastic parade of which enjoy the many thousands of visitors!
The big Flower Parade
On Saturday 25 April 2015 the Bloemencorso van de Bollenstreek will pass through the bulb-growing area for the 68th time. The start is 09.30 h. in Noordwijk. After the start the Bloemencorso will pass the bulb-villages Voorhout, Sassenheim, Lisse and Hillegom. The arrival is around 21.30 h. in Haarlem. A part of the floats can be admired at the market square in Haarlem until 17.00 h. on April 26th 2015. The Bloemencorso van de Bollenstreek will pass the ‘Keukenhof Corso Boulevard’ around 15.35 h. on its way to Hillegom.
The bloemencorso is a very busy event. Make sure you read up on all the information below to have all the tips and tricks for visiting the bloemencorso.
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