Addition to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of The Netherlands takes place.
On Friday 3rd December, Bloemencorso Bollenstreek was officially added to the Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in The Netherlands. The official documents were signed in the greenhouses of Hyacinth grower G. de Wit & Zn in Lisse appropriately in the middle of the hyacinths which are the cornerstone of the parade. The signatories were Marco van Baalen director of the Knowledge Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage, chairman Willen Heemskerk and treasurer Marcel van Schaik. The last two represented the 1,500 volunteers who are annually involved in the parade.
Marco van Baalen explained that material heritage is well known and refers to a building or a painting. Immaterial or Intangible cultural heritage refers to a group of individuals who strive to keep a tradition alive. Bloemencorso Bollenstreek now has the duty with its 1500 volunteers to preserve the unique tradition of both the annual parade and spring bulb flowers.
Chairman Willem Heemskerk reiterated that the inclusion in the register is a sign of recognition for the 1500 volunteers in the Parade's 75th jubilee year and that this makes us extra happy and proud. Also that our parade decorated with hyacinths, tulips and daffodils supports our national identity and is an advertisement for the bulb sector in general.