Spalding Flower Parade 2012

by Charlotte.Barnes on May 3, 2012

horse floatThis Saturday is the Spalding Flower Parade and Interflora will be heading there bright and early to see the best of the tulip-decorated floats on display.

The Spalding Flower Parade began life as a celebration to mark the Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary in 1935 and focused predominantly on tulips, which were abundant at the time.

In the following years, the event grew to involve an entire week dedicated to the beauty of tulips and ‘Tulip Week’ was born, involving a 25 mile walk and tour designed to show off the best growers in the area.A tulip field

In 1950, it was renamed Tulip Time and the event was spread  across three weekends, organised in conjunction with the Spalding Urban District Council.

In 1959, the first official Spalding Tulip Parade took place and showcased many beautiful floats decorated with tulips heads that had been stored specifically for this purpose. Each float could use up to 100,000 flower heads and within a few years the event had attracted worldwide attention.Chitty chitty bang bang float

Every year the Spalding Flower Parade has a different theme and this year is it ‘Food, Glorious Food’. Themed floats and colourful characters will be filling the streets of Spalding, Lincolnshire, from 2pm onwards this Saturday, as well as marching bands, music, dancing and more.Dancers in a parade

For further information about the parade and the activities held on the day, visit The Spalding Flower Parade.

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