Saturday, December 07, 2013
Let's set the wayback machine to 1960; the place - Holland, Michigan. Not surprisingly, the city had been populated by Dutch settlers, and in 1928, a city beautification project saw the planting of 100,000 tulip bulbs. Each May since 1929, the city of Holland has celebrated its "Tulip Time Festival" with fireworks, shows, arts and crafts, concerts, food, and everything else that makes life worth living.
There are also three parades, because one parade just wasn't enough! Here's a group of wholesome kids performing a bit of klompen dancing, which must have made a glorious sound (though it wasn't good for the pavement).
Reader's Digest proclaimed that the Tulip Time Festival was the best small town festival. What about the Over-cooked Brussels Sprouts festival? Or the Aerosol Cheese Extravaganza? I demand a recount. The blond girl is adorable; she is somebody's grandma today. Just look at the turnout for this parade, pretty impressive.
I guess that boys were not interested in klompen dancing, because even the "boys" are girls in this picture. How could you not stay at a hotel named "Hotel Warm Friend", especially when it has been recommended by Duncan Hines?? Screw those Michelin stars, I prefer cupcakes.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to the Tulip Time Festival!