It's not really spring in West Michigan until Tulip Time begins in Holland. Tulip Time runs May 6 - May 14. We have everything you need to know to enjoy all three parades at Tulip Time this year!

Tulip Time brings thousands of people to Holland each year, but the event is always at the mercy of the weather. Tulip Time 2012 became known as StemFest, as the weather warmed up too soon and the tulips were ahead of schedule. This year, the weather seems to be right on track with the tulips set to bloom right on time.

The parades of Tulip Time are always a highlight and draw thousands of spectators no matter what the weather brings. With the crowds on hand both in the parade and watching the parade, it's helpful to have a plan before heading to a Tulip Time parade. Here's what you need to know to make the most of Tulip Time 2017!

General Parade Information

Volksparade/"The People's Parade" - Wednesday, May 10

  • White Glove Inspection: 10:30AM at 8th St. and Central Ave.
  • Dutch dance performance at 1PM.
  • Street scrubbing at 1:15PM, 8th St. between Columbia and Kollen Park.
  • Parade is 2PM - 3PM.
  • Parade route: 8th St. between Columbia and Kollen Park.
  • You'll see bands, floats, and Dutch dancers klomping in authentic costumes and wooden shoes.

Kinder Parade/"Children's Parade" - Thursday, May 11

  • Dutch dance performance at 1PM.
  • Kinder Dutch dance at 1:20PM.
  • Parade 2PM - 3PM.
  • Parade route: 8th St. between Columbia and Kollen Park.
  • See over 7,000 schoolchildren in Dutch costumes.

Muziekparade/"Music Parade" - Saturday, May 13

  • Preview bands at 12:30PM.
  • Dutch dance performance at 12:45PM.
  • Parade 2PM - 3:30PM.
  • Parade route: 8th St. from Columbia to Van Raalte to 24th
  • 170 entries and over 4,000 participants including floats, Dutch dancers, bands and more. The longest parade route in Michigan.