Although late summer flower parades are a tradition perhaps most often associated with Belgium and Holland, they are held in several other European countries too. For those residing in Germany, the opportunity to witness the country’s largest presents itself on Aug. 30 in Bad Ems, an attractive spa town along the Lahn River. The city is about an hour’s drive northwest of Wiesbaden.
About 1.5 million dahlia blossoms will embellish some 30 floats, each decorated in accordance with a theme. Inspiration for the décor comes from legends and fairy tales, famous landmarks or contemporary entertainment. Marching and show bands and majorettes also take part to form a procession that stretches over two miles and affords viewers several hours of entertainment. The city’s traditional market and fun fair, the Bartholomäusmarkt, will also be in full swing on the day.