On the last Friday of August every year, the nearby tourist town of Laredo hosts their annual Batalla de Flores (Flower Battle). It consists of a parade of floats, decorated entirely with real flowers. The floats range from fairly simple – but more complex than I could construct – numbers with a cartoon character or two, to huge elaborate contraptions with various animals or other themes. Each float is decorated with some sort of Homo sapiens specimens deemed to be cute, usually small children or young maidens in elaborate costumes. The floats are judged on a variety of categories:
- Presentation: relative to the size of the float, the combination of diverse pieces and parts, and complexity of the float
- Art: the general beauty, composition, design, originality and “wow factor”
- Flowers: how well the flowers are nailed to the float, and the general quality of the floral craftsmanship
- Quantity of flowers: the percentage of the float covered in flowers
There is also a separate prize for the best dressed human ornaments. During the video you’re about to see, the announcer mentions that this year, there were floats that had more than 100,000 flowers on them. Wow!