For the weekend: Dutch flower parade, Florence handicrafts fair and English sea odyssey
April 18, 2012
Flower paradeThe curious Dutch word Bollenstreek translates to “Bulb Region,” and it’s this area of the Netherlands that will serve as the staging ground for a flower parade Saturday.
According to www.bloemencorso-bollenstreek.nl, a procession of 20 large floats and more than 30 decorated cars will set off from Noordwijk at 9:30 a.m., passing Keukenhof gardens at about 3:30 p.m.
Every year the parade has a different theme; this year it’s “communication.”
The parade ends in Haarlem at about 9 p.m.
With the route stretching some 26 miles, there will be plenty of space for spectators. However, if you miss the parade Saturday, you can still see the floats, which will remain on view in Haarlem until 5 p.m. Sunday.
Handicrafts fairThe International Handicrafts Trade Fair takes place Saturday through April 29 at the Fortezza Da Basso in Florence, Italy.
Looking for a unique fashion accessory or item to grace your home? This could be the place to land it. Goods on offer hail from Florence, Tuscany, other regions of Italy and throughout the world.
The military fortress hosting the fair, with its centuries-old architecture and contemporary pavilions, makes an ideal backdrop for the modern and traditional handcrafted articles on offer.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. with an 8 p.m. closing April 29. Adult tickets cost 4 euros on weekdays and 5 euros weekends; a ticket for 10 euros allows entry for two adults and two children under age 14. Children under age 12 get in free.
Find details at www.mostraartigianato.it/en.
Sea spectacular“Sea Odyssey, Giant Spectacular” takes place Friday through Sunday in Liverpool, England. The tale, connected with the sinking of the Titanic, is performed by one of the world’s greatest street theater companies, Royal De Luxe.
This is performance on a grand scale; Giant Little Girl is 30 feet tall and her uncle is 50 feet. The third “giant” is a 9-foot dog named Xolo. Some 250,000 visitors are expected to descend on Liverpool to witness the spectacle.
Find more information at www.giantspectacular.com.