Every year, for the past 25 years, the Austrian village of Kirchberg in Tirol celebrates summer with a magnificent flower parade – the Kirchberg Blumencorso. Hundreds of thousands of flowers, including dahlias, gerbera daisies, carnations, and sunflowers are turned into works of art.
Thousands of spectators line the streets to watch the floral floats pass by. This year, more than 10,000 people arrived in soaring summer temperatures to not miss the spectacle. The 30 plus moving artworks pulled by vintage tractors or built on top of interesting vehicles did not disappoint.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made their appearance, as did Pippi Longstocking. Faraway places such as Venice and Pisa became nearer in the form of a gondola and a leaning tower. Over 600,000 thousand flowers from the Netherlands were used.
The parade, or Blumencorso as it is called in German, is traditionally held on 15 August, a Catholic public holiday in Austria to mark the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The town marching band and cavalry lend an extra flair to the celebrations. Children get most excited about the hands full of sweets thrown into the crowds by the colourfully dressed characters on the moving floats.
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Don’t miss the next Kirchberg Blumencorso
15 August 2018
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