Friday, May 15, 2009

Pellas Tulip Time

I sat on bleachers in front of the Tulip Torem, which is a replica of the wooden torem or tower that was made for Queen Julianna when she came to Pella during the WWII time period. This year, Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa was Thursday thru Saturday, May 7-9,2009.

Pre-parade activities included the introduction of the Pella’s new Tulip Queen and her court, and a style show of different Dutch costumes.

The Dutch are the only people that I know who scrub the streets before the parade starts.
Hundreds of Pellans participate in this exercise. All you need is a Dutch costume. The city has huge tubs of water (that look like horse troughs). I don’t know who provides the brooms and pails for them to use. It’s a hoot. Small boys love to splash water on other boys. The Pella people like to teach their children that the Dutch are very clean and how to do it but some little cleaners just sit down on the job.

1 comment:

Jerry and Suzy said...

Delightful pictures of a wonderful time in Pella. We've seen tulip festivals in other places, but none so grand as this. Next timewe're in Iowa in May!