Spalding Flower Parade

The last ever Spalding Flower Parade took place on Saturday 4th May 2013.

There is no Parade planned for 2014. However, there will be a Festival Event at Springfields including flower displays in the gardens, craft show, marching bands and Tulipmania, as well as the usual Church Flower Festivals around the region.

Details of the Springfields Festival and Tulipmania can be found here.

Photographs of the 2009 Spalding Flower Festival and Flower Parade

spalding flower parade float

The Spalding Flower Parade.

The origins of the world-famous Spalding Flower Parade stretch right back to the 1920′s and 1930′s.
The Jubilee in 1935 of King George V and Queen Mary coincided with the time the tulips were in flower.

In 1948, the Growers’ Association became involved in organising a Tulip Week. A 25-mile tour through villages and country lanes was planned to show the best fields.

By 1950, Tulip Week had become Tulip Time and was developed in conjunction with the Spalding Urban District Council over three designated weekends.

To ensure that there would always be tulips on display, even if they might not be in the fields, from the many millions of tulip flower heads removed, it was decided to keep some available for decorative purposes.

In 1959, the first Spalding Tulip Parade took place. Within a few years this Parade was to become world famous as The Spalding Flower Parade, and even more popular than the tulip fields themselves.