Tulip pageant kicks off with massive crowds and shiny flowers – Ottawa Citizen


Fuscia-coloured tulips attracts cameras by the dozen as individuals both photographs the blooms alone or acquired photos amongst them. On Sunday hundreds flocked to Dows Lake to see the tulips in bloom through the opening weekend of the Tulip Pageant, which runs till Might 20, 2019.

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Guests to the 67th annual Tulip Pageant didn’t appear deterred by warnings of later blooms this 12 months, in accordance with organizers of the annual occasion.

Janna Glenn, a spokeswoman for the Tulip Pageant, stated that whereas precise numbers of tourists weren’t out there, pay as you go parking passes have been bought out, strolling excursions of the tulip beds have been booked stable, a whole bunch of tour buses have been loading and unloading vacationers and the occasion’s a number of websites have been bustling all weekend.

“It was very busy, regardless of the cooler temperatures,” stated Glenn.

Seventeen-month-old Charlotte Cross was a imaginative and prescient amid the tulips. Julie Oliver/Postmedia

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The moist, cool spring has pushed again the tulip blooms. Glenn stated the gardens are between 50 per cent and 60 per cent blooming proper now. Whereas which means the gardens won’t be at their most beautiful on opening weekend, there’ll nonetheless be blooms for guests to see later into the pageant, she stated.

Jantine Van Kregten, a spokeswoman for Ottawa Tourism, wasn’t stunned to listen to that occasion was nicely attended throughout opening weekend. Van Kregten stated the occasion is the town’s finest identified pageant, with the attainable exception of Canada Day, due to it’s lengthy operating historical past. In consequence, vacationers usually e-book rooms and excursions months upfront, lengthy earlier than anybody has an opportunity to see what the climate could convey.

Visiting from China, Yibo Yang, 15, will get up shut and private along with his vibrant topics on the pageant. Julie Oliver/Postmedia

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Guests near Ottawa may select to delay their go to, however these coming from farther away, particularly from abroad, have been out and about this weekend.

The pageant itself hasn’t rested because it was first organized in 1953. Canada’s tulip-planting custom started when, in 1945, the Netherlands despatched over 100,000 bulbs as a postwar token of gratitude.

Essentially the most extravagant show might be present in Commissioners Park, the place greater than 250,000 tulips fill the park’s 30 flower beds.

Lots of the tulips hadn’t fairly bloomed but for the opening weekend of the Tulip Pageant in Ottawa, however that didn’t cease hundreds flocking to Dow’s Lake Sunday to see people who had. The pageant runs till Might 20, 2019. Julie Oliver/Postmedia

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