The 2010 Tulip Time festival began yesterday in Pella. This is the 75th anniversary of the spring tradition, and almost perfect weather for the opening day of the celebration yielded a large crowd that was able to take in the sights, sounds and flavors that come with the Tulip City’s largest event.
Highlights of the day included many dance and song performances by The Dutchesses, who also made a stop at the KNIA/KRLS Big Red Radio to sing for the listeners.
The afternoon parade included a number of colorful floats, including a new float from the Pella Historical Society, featuring the Delft collection of Mareah Scholte, wife of Pella’s founder Dominie Scholte.
The parade also included hundreds of students from Pella Christian and Pella Community Elementary Schools, dressed in their finest Dutch attire.
Of course the 2010 Royalty was leading the way, with Queen Heidi and her court waving to the crowd from horse-drawn carriages.
Tulip Queens from the past were also recognized in the parade with a float of their own. Of 75 years of Tulip Queens, 72 of them are still alive, with many of the ladies attending this year’s festival.
The evening activities included a performance on the square by the popular Dutch Dancers.
Just before nightfall, the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band performed on the “Feesthouden” stage for the evening’s marquee entertainment.
The 2010 Tulip Time celebration continues through Saturday night.