“If you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much.”
Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan is quite a sight. Row after row of cheerful tulips line the streets of downtown Holland. Parks burst with a sea of brilliant color. Here in Holland it’s almost as if tulips grow wild as they grow in unexpected places. Only here will you find more than four million tulips adorning the city parks, public attractions and city streets.
I remember talking to a seminary student at Hope who said that every year the people of Holland fly in new tulips to be planted for Tulip Time. He said while tulips grow back every year, each year they loose their brilliance and fullness. I have no idea if they actually fly in new bulbs every year, but if they do, that is some serious dedication to a flower, I mean festival.
Either way, this lovely beach town has been celebrating its Dutch heritage and culture since 1929 by hosting a festival every year during the first few weeks in May. Every year, more than 500,000 people from 40 countries travel to this festival which features traditional Dutch Dance performances, concerts and parades, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food and more. The “more” includes a carnival that isn’t very Dutch, but it’s still a lot of fun. I mean really, who doesn’t love an elephant ear or caramel corn?
PS: I you aren’t Dutch, you are still MUCH.