The 79th annual Orange City Tulip Festival begins Thursday.
Mike Hoffman, Executive Director of the Orange City Chamber of Commerce, says the tulips are expected to be in full bloom:
OC……..look beautiful. ;13
Hoffman explains how the annual festival got its start:
OC……..away they went. ;16
Many of the townsfolk can be seen dressed in traditional costumes as they celebrate their Dutch heritage.
Part of that tradition is the wearing of wooden shoes:
OC……….shop was. ;25
Of course, the Orange City Tulip Festival wouldn’t be complete without the traditional street scrubbing followed by the twice daily parades.
The street scrubbing starts at 1:00 p.m. each day, with the parade to follow, and the evening parade begins at 6:00 p.m.
The Tulip Festival runs through Saturday.
Photos by Dennis Morrice