Debrecen (MTI) – In addition to the flowers, weather became the protagonist of this year’s Debrecen Flower Carnival: the parade of the 16 flower carts and the art groups was held in heavy rain in the civic town.
The organizers had to change the carnival schedule. First, it was decided that the art groups – a total of about 2 thousand dancers and musicians – will perform through the inner city only to the Kolcsey Center, and the flower carts arrive to the Function Room of the Nagyerdo Stadium.
Because of the persistent rain, the march was interrupted: instead of the traditional alternate parade of the flower carts and the art groups, at first, the dancers showed their performances in a shortened route, and then the flower carts marched through one after the other from the downtown to Nagyerdo.
The 46th Debrecen Flower Carnival began with the procession of cyclist this time again, then the coat of arms of Debrecen and the flower cart displaying St. Stephen’s crown and coronation jewels rolled in front of the Great Temple.
True to the traditions, bishops of the historic churches had blessed the new bread in front of the Great Temple, and then the carnival parade started.
In addition to the 19 Hungarian groups, 11 artist groups came from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Colombia, Poland, Italy, Paraguay, Romania and Slovenia. Their performance was qualified not by the jury, but by the 15 honorary Ambassadors of the carnival this year.
The innovative approach was represented by the flower cart of the University of Debrecen which is called Kuldetes a jovobe (Mission to the future). The cart of National Instruments, the bee with drones, would have also represented the 21th technology, but the heavy rain stopped the performance.
Children could discover several tale characters and superheroes on the carnival carts. Several million pieces of live and dry flowers were used for the preparation of the 16 flower arrangements.
The order of the flower carts was decided by SMS voting. This year, the flower cart of St. Anne Parish, “300 – Catholic rebirth”, proved to be the most beautiful – the organizers announced.
based on the article of MTI
translated by BA
Photos: MTI, Debreceni Viragkarneval Facebook page (flower cart of St. Anne Parish)