Every year, on the last Friday of August, the nearby beach town of Laredo holds the Batalla de Flores (Flower Battle), which consists of parade floats decorated with flowers and young girls. It’s always a very beautiful event. This year the weather was terrible, i.e. raining and cold. The Batalla, however, is not really an event that can be postponed, since each float is decorated with 100% real flowers, all specially harvested and attached to the floats for that one specific date. So they had the Batalla anyway. We chose not to go, because the event is only barely worth the impossible effort to park and the crowds, so in the rain, forget about it! Luckily for my blog readers, however, we went the day after to examine the exhibition of floats.
The creativity and quality of the designs were absolutely staggering. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that these are 100% real flower petals!!! In the 2D photos, it’s sometimes hard to appreciate the shapes amongst all the bright colors. It’s a contest, and every year there’s a winner, but the winner seemed completely arbitrary since the quality of each float was so outstanding. I can’t even begin to imagine how much work goes into these things every year.
Needless to say, the whole exhibition smelled pretty good. It was almost more fun to see the floats the day after than it is during the parade when they move by so quickly. The amount of work put into these things is incredible. I applaud every last participant. Bravo!