It was the most amazing show I’ve seen for a long time. We were in Cambridgeshire when Charlie’s dad took us to Spalding in Lincolnshire to see the UK’s most famous and long-standing Spalding Flower Parade.
A very brief history of the Spalding Flower Parade
The Spalding Flower Parade has been taking place in the town of Spalding since 1959 during the Spring break. The last ever parade has sadly taken place in 2013 due to it being way too expensive to produce. The show is now replaced with Springfield’s Flower Festival.
The small town of Spalding and the surrounding villages are well known for growing beautiful tulips and it is the prime location from where the parade originated in 1920’s.
In 1935 a tulip showcase was put together for King George V and Queen Mary after which a Tulip Week was introduced in 1948. The Tulip Week grew into the Tulip Times and in 1959 the first Spalding Flower Parade took place.
The Spalding Flower Parade 2012
As I was waiting in the crowd of people on an unusually cold Saturday of May, I had no idea what I was going to see. Only when I saw the first float, a princess carriage entirely studded with soft and colourful tulip petals coming along the main road, I felt my jaw drop. It was something I’ve never seen before.
Can you imagine the work and time involved in creating the themed floats! Every petal is secured by hand to create a desirable design, up to 100,000 on each float! Simply stunning.
All sorts of flower floats were passing us by. There were turkeys followed by a mermaid sitting on the ‘Something Fishy’ float, the cute sweet peas and carrots, a guitar and a whole tropical island, to name a few.
And if it wasn’t fun enough already, here come the high wheelers!
Have you ever seen anything like this? let me know in the comments below…