Hi everyone! This past Saturday afternoon my sweet husband and I drove into Albany to catch a bit of Tulip Fest–an annual celebration of spring, tulips, and Albany’s Dutch heritage.
The celebration begins Friday morning with a carillon (bell) concert from City Hall, followed by traditional Dutch street scrubbing, historically performed prior to any large event in the Netherlands. The Mayor speaks, bag pipers play, and the Tulip Queen finalist are presented.
Saturday at noon the Tulip Queen is crowned and that evening a ball is held in her honor. On Sunday Albany’s Mother-of-the-Year is announced. Throughout the week-end various bands perform on a few different stages, artists exhibit and sell their wares, and food vendors galore hawk their carnival foods: fried dough, chili dogs, pizza, and more. Bob and I shared a refreshingly delicious jug of real lemonade–yum.
|Dutch Street Scrubbers (source: Albany Times Union)|
I haven’t been to Tulip Fest in years, and I have to say, the tulips took my breath away. So many beautiful and unique varieties.
The Moses Statue
This imposing sculpture of Moses stands in the middle of the park and serves as a great meeting point for friends. He’s in the middle of a pool, and since it was quite warm, several children splashed in the water. Bob and I sat beside it drinking our lemonade and watching people stroll by.
Both the lanes that wind their way through the park and the flower bed areas saw an enormous amount of traffic. Over the course of the week-end, more than 80,000 people attended the event.
We had difficulty snapping photographs without people in them(!). In the food and artist areas we felt jostled about and we found the music loud and not particularly pleasing to the ear. We might be getting old, but we decided next time we might visit the tulips on an “off day,” that is, a non-Tulip Fest day.