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.