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Due to the coronavirus, the Flower Parade also had to decide to cancel the Parade of April 25, 2020. With pain in the heart, this decision was made on March 19, 2020 in consultation with the Dutch authorities.

“Every year, the Flower Parade Bollenstreek attracts nearly a million people to the Bollenstreek and it would be irresponsible to endanger their safety and that of everyone involved unnecessarily,” says chairman Willem Heemskerk. “Of course this hurts a lot, because we are working towards this peak all year round. The parade is a symbol of sharing the beauty, the splendor of colors and the wonderful scent of the Dutch bulb fields with the whole world. We now see and share the concern for Public Health. Then an event, the size of ours, cannot just go ahead. “

The parade floats are ready to be stung. On the fields, the hyacinths stick in their colored jackets. Spring is tangibly in the air. It is precisely now that spring has expressed its cry of hope and expectation that the world is affected by the consequences of the Covid-19 virus. A serious threat to public health, especially for the vulnerable people among us. One measure follows another. And then the unimaginable happens: the Flower Parade of the Bulb Region will not run in 2020.

The Flower Parade of the Bulb Region was created after the Second World War. A nurseryman gave the population a heart, driving a flower-decorated object behind his tractor. This symbol of hope after a period of malaise grew into the world famous Spring Festival that is followed by millions of people around the world. “This year the cars will not travel the usual 42 kilometers from Noordwijk to Haarlem,” said Willem Heemskerk. “In this new reality, it is not justifiable to let the more than 1,200 volunteers we have working on the vehicles, or to do their work along the road. A huge disappointment for all of us. Because we do it for all those smiling faces on the side of the road. This year the parade will not be running, because the corona virus is holding us in an iron grip. Attracting so many people does not fit the current era. The Freedom parade theme that is linked to this 73rd parade edition perhaps symbolizes our decision the most. Taking the liberty to make a wise decision, even if it hurts the heart. “

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