Flower Parade Featuring Floats Inspired by Van Gogh
Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work had far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. Most of us know him as the guy who cut a piece of his ear to give as a gift to his love interest, but even though he died with out a penny to his name and without ever selling a painting, now days he is recognized as one of the best artists of its era.
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death, the artist’s birthplace of Zundert, a small town in the Netherlands near the Belgian border, dedicated its annual flower parade to his work and art.
On the first Sunday of September every year since 1936, Zundert puts on the world’s largest volunteer-run flower parade, with 20 floats 66 feet long and 33 feet high made of fresh dahlias. Normally the parade doesn’t impose a theme on participants, but this year it decided to honor its famous local son, resulting in some striking interpretations of van Gogh’s expressive and highly recognizable style.