Batalla de Flores, The Day After

August 30, 2009 By: erik Category: Partying, Photos, Spain 604 views

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Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)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.

Enjoy…

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
All the floats lined up on one street for the exhibition.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Wagon wheel of flowers.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
They really are real flowers!

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
A merry-go-round horse.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Some sort of dancing flame thing?

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
A Betty Boop sort of character singing with turtles playing the guitar.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Horsemen from Andalucia.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Some sort of parrot-like bird.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
A Phoenix?

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Some shoe-wearing insect.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Mermaids scare me.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Cats and birds, oh my!

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Polly want a flower?

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Sea horse.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
An octopus eating a lighthouse. Sure, why not?

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Some Chinese symbology.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Wait, how is the Venetian gondola gonna pass under that bridge?

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Pinocchio and his creepy puppet master.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Jousting knights.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Winnie the Pooh, with his friend the giraffe, the ducks, and the elephant. Christopher, I don’t think we’re in the Hundred Acre Wood anymore.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Mardi Gras-esque masks.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Nemo always looks so scared!

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Pinocchio from the other side.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
What a liar!

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Flower close-up. You can see the nail through the center of each.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Okay, so the hands aren’t made of flowers.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Ballerina.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Freaky kitty.

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
An iguana?

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)

Batalla de Flores 2009 (the day after)
Smiley whale!

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!

 
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/aparejador/3860493325/ Ray Tibbitts

    Wow, Pasadena has some competition!

  • http://simonlitton.wordpress.com simon

    Impressive, even if some of them are borderline IWUS.
    Also, “flower pedals”???

    • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

      Damn homophones! Thanks.

      If only there’d been a bicycle made of flowers…

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