HISTORY OF TULIP FESTIVAL
By the 1930’s the community of Orange City was well established and a second generation had grown and retired. As the European homeland seemed further from reality, a movement started to begin a celebration to honor the traditions and customs of their Dutch ancestors. The Dutch innate tendency toward cleanliness and beauty combined with a historical background of the flower culture was the inspiration for the Tulip Festival. In 1936 the Tulip Festival officially began.
PARADE OF FLAGS IN VOLKSPARADE
The Dutch Heritage Boosters sponsor a group of volunteers who walk at the beginning of the Volksparade in costume carrying flags from all 12 providences of the Netherlands, as well as the Dutch national flag.
DUTCH HERITAGE WALK
Volunteers who have Dutch costumes are welcome participate in the Volksparade as part of the Dutch Heritage Walk. Reminiscent of 19th century street vendors in the Netherlands, this interactive and colorful part of the parade features vendor carts for produce, baked goods, fish, sewing goods, and flowers. There are also bicyclists, a common form of transportation in the flat Netherlands, women selling flowers, cheese carriers, and former Tulip Courts. The Dutch Heritage Boosters provide the flower baskets and carts. Please meet at Tulip Town Bulb Company at the beginning of each parade
DUTCH PUPPET THEATRE
Handmade puppets entertain in this traditional puppet show, or poppenkast. In the Netherlands from the 17th to 19th Centuries, puppet shows took place in the streets. Travelling puppeteers from abroad performed in the Netherlands, and many Dutch puppeteers played abroad. In our modern-day puppet show, based around Dutch-themed scripts, meet traditional Dutch protagonists named Jan Klaassen and Katrijn.
Performances are daily during Tulip Festival at 4:45 p.m. and located in the City Hall Basement (125 Central Avenue SE) There is no cost to attend.