Every few years, Dommel River becomes a stage of sorts for narrating outlandish and bizarre characters created by a well-known Dutch painter, Hieronymous Bosch. Artists, designers, musical directors, stage directors, with a total of 250 people band together to organize the Bosch parade.
Hieronymous Bosch is a prolific Dutch Painter from the 15th to 16th centuries. He was the first painter to acknowledge the Dutch commoners as his painting subject but veered away with the basic genre painting and delved into painting man’s deepest fears and desires. His famous triptych paintings, The Garden of Earthly Delights and The Hay Wain showed Bosch’s studies on Man by telling the story of the Man in Heaven, Earth, and Hell.
Bosch Parade creates a new narrative with absurd and dreamlike floating tableaus inspired by the paintings. Surreal, fantastical, and sometimes apocalyptic personalities make waves along the river and pepper the parade with eccentricity.
If this event piqued your interest, the last Parade happened in June 2019, but no worries there’s still more time to prepare for a trip to the Netherlands because the next one will be a week-long parade in June 2021.
Photo credits from Bosch Parade Facebook account.