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The activities below have received the patronage of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The reports received by the Secretariat of the Convention on these activities are sometimes accompanied by additional information (press releases, etc..), which can be requested from Secretariat at

Corso culture in the Netherlands: various flower and fruit parades in the Netherlands
19/04/2023 - 21/09/2023Different locations
Stichting Corsokoepel (Netherlands)
Paul Bastiaansen

The Dutch fruit and flower parades are typically events of one or two days, of which ‘parade day’ is the most important. Float builders spend months on preparing and building the floats. On the day of the parade, the floats pass by through the streets of the town or sail through the canals, with spectators enjoying the view.
Often the parades are free to attend, and in some cases the public pays an entrance fee. Float building is done by volunteers, it is a non-commercial activity. Entrance fees are only used to cover the costs of float building.
Parade day is often accompagnied by festivities. The day after the parade the floats are typically on display, to be viewed for the last time before they are dismantled.
Most flower parades use dahlia flowers and take place in august or september. There are also parades that take place in the spring season and that use bulb flowers. There is one fruit parade in the Netherlands, which takes place in september.

Related element(s) :
Corso culture, flower and fruit parades in the Netherlands 
National Windmill Day 2018
12/05/2018 - 13/05/2018950 windmills accross the Netherlands
Vereniging De Hollandsche Molen (Netherlands)

The main objective of the National Windmill Day is education of the general public as well as to emphasize the importance of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in the Netherlands especially the craft of the miller operating windmills and watermills.
On the National Windmill Day anyone interested in the craft can receive information or apply for training. The training courses for the miller’s craft is open to everyone, regardless of background or gender, and there are no customary practices that restrict access to the element, except for certain security reasons.

Related element(s) :
Craft of the miller operating windmills and watermills