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Very busy week-end
for Spalding, which is the largest town to where I now live, and the place where I was born. Being on the fens we were known for the growing of Tulips! At this time of year there used to be field after field of tulips the colours were fantastic.

They still grow a very small amount of tulips, but nothing like the did years ago. On the first Saturday of the month of May, in Spalding town they have a flower parade. Really is a site to see.

When growing up my older sister and I used to go and help pin all the flower heads onto the straw forms that make up the floats. Each year they have a different theme. Weeks before they have a competition running in the local paper to pick the Tulip Queen. All good fun. The first Tulip Parade was held in 1959.
So for a pretty small town, we will not be able to move on Saturday, for the thousands of buses and car's streaming in. They usually get around 250,000 visitors coming from all over the country to see the parade.
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snailbones From: snailbones Date: May 2nd, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fabulous pictures - thanks for posting. And I must live with my head in a bucket, because I've never heard of the tulip parade. It must have been wonderful there when the tulip growing was at its height. Have fun at the parade :~)
justmej From: justmej Date: May 3rd, 2007 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
It was really nice. The bus trips people booked, the driver would get a map from the tourist board in town showing where all the tulip fields could be found.The colours were amazing.
betagoddess From: betagoddess Date: May 2nd, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
That looks wonderful.

Reminds me of the Rose Bowl parade at New Year's (the only thing I like about N. Am. football!) where every single colour on a float is made up of some kind of flower or other vegetable matter, like seeds. Beautiful to see. =>}

Thanks for sharing the pics with us. =>}
justmej From: justmej Date: May 3rd, 2007 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)
When I lived in the states. I used to watch the Rose Bowl parade, would remind me of home.
vamysteryfan From: vamysteryfan Date: May 2nd, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Goodness me, that's going to be quite a crowd! The floats look just lovely
justmej From: justmej Date: May 3rd, 2007 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
It really is a huge crowd. But the floats are huge as well. The local blacksmith does all the iron work under the straw, he usually starts on the next years projects pretty much as soon as this years parade is finished.
angelvette67 From: angelvette67 Date: May 2nd, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, all those beautiful flowers!! It must make braving the crowds worth it though, seeing those floats.

Did you get my e-mail by the way? I forgot to tell you, I got the pattern off an old cusion my mum had, one of those kit things. I did make an effort to keep all the lines straight, though I have to admit I did take some pieces apart again a few times. Maybe one of these days, when I stop working such long hours, I'll try another one.
justmej From: justmej Date: May 2nd, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
No Karen! I didn't get your email.Please send it to me again.
It is well worth braving the crowds to see the floats, though they are now not all made with just tulips..
angelvette67 From: angelvette67 Date: May 6th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Janet, I sent it again on the btinternet address, didyou get it?
justmej From: justmej Date: May 6th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry No! use this one jankee@foxey.me.uk
Fingers crossed!

slipperieslope From: slipperieslope Date: May 2nd, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
The colors are amazing! And the idea of a tulip parade woould have had my grandmother in transports. The Rose Parade here was practically a religious experience for her. Thanks for sharing! Tonight is the Flower Moon!
justmej From: justmej Date: May 3rd, 2007 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)
She would of liked it here then.Still allot of flowers grown, just not to many tulips anymore.
luicat From: luicat Date: May 2nd, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG! I'd forgotten about all of that!
I lived at Boston, just down the road, for 8 years and we used to go every year. Wow! Blast from the past!
They are beautiful and it is amazing to see.
Thanks for reminding me.
justmej From: justmej Date: May 3rd, 2007 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
It is still going strong. There was talk a couple of years ago about stopping it, as we don't grow the tulips so much. Now they use allot of different flowers but get the same effect.
marizilda From: marizilda Date: May 2nd, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very pretty Janet, here in Brazil is possible find beautiful tulips in the city of Holambra/ SP (city of the flowers): >
In here there is a dictation that says "to recollect is to live"
justmej From: justmej Date: May 3rd, 2007 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Holambra! Sounds like a good place to visit. I do love flowers. The Iris is my all time favorite, the one I buy the most.
marizilda From: marizilda Date: May 3rd, 2007 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Holambra arose graces to the work of the Dutch immigrants, say that is a piece of the Holland in Brazil, a lot pretty.
Holambra is the union of Holland and Brazil: >
justmej From: justmej Date: May 3rd, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is the same as what happened here! The Dutch came accross and started growing tulips as they did at home.
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