Traditions and tulips at a Michigan festival
As the temperatures steadily drop, you're no doubt trying to book a vacation in the spring to look forward to. What better way to welcome the warmer weather than by observing the beautiful blooms you've been missing all winter long? This May 3-10, head to the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Mich. for an awe-inspiring celebration of nature and the arts. 2014 marks the 85th anniversary of this jovial event, so there's no better time to see for yourself what all the hype is about.
Here's a glimpse at what you'll experience:
You'll never see anything like this again: Over 1,000 performer dressed in authentic Dutch costumes dancing through the streets of the city. Every day of the festival, locals between the ages of 8-18 don their wooden shoes and other traditional attire to showcase some of the classic Klompen dances that are rooted in Dutch history. Whether your ancestors came from the Netherlands or you're simply fascinated by the culture, this is an ideal opportunity to get acquainted with the customs.
Parades galore and more
It's no wonder Tulip Time was named "Best Small Town Festival" by Reader's Digest. With three unique and exciting parades, there's something for every age group to enjoy. The Volksparade includes thousands of locals dressed in Dutch costumes, festive bands and floats, while the Kinderparade, which is the largest children's parade statewide. More than 7,000 schoolchildren participate to pay homage to the community's Dutch roots. Don't miss the Muziekparade, the last of the parades which features marching bands and much more. Get a taste of authentic Dutch fare, and be sure to pick up a fun souvenir from some of the vendors on site selling Dutch merchandise.
There are other activities to delight visitors, too. Between theatrical shows, fireworks, trolley tours and an arts and crafts fair, people of all interests are bound to find something fun to do.
A whimsical garden
Last but certainly not least, you don't want to miss out on the beautiful blossoms that thrive at the Windmill Island Gardens. As you walk down the scenic paths, around canals and through the parks, you'll pass more than 150,000 stunning tulips. That's not all you'll see here, though. Stop to scope out the antique Dutch carousel, or marvel at a fully functioning 250-year-old Dutch windmill, "De Zwaan." You can even buy flour at the gift shop that was stone ground on site in the windmill. During Tulip Time, you can even enjoy an authentic Dutch meal at Tante Nellie's Kitchen.
Click to a send tulips as a gift.