Spring travel: The world's best flower festivals, from London to Colombia

All over the world, there are many flower festivals organized, but what are the best ones to visit for consumers? https://www.nzherald.co.nz lists "The world's best flower festivals, from London to Colombia" 

Rose Parade, Pasadena, California, US
First held on New Year's Day in 1890, the Rose Parade is a festival celebrating the warm Californian climate, and the fact flowers bloom year round. It's held in Pasadena and, since 1902, has preceded the annual Rose Bowl college football game. Carriages and floats decorated with flowers travel the 9km route, accompanied by marching bands and riders on horseback. Thousands of spectators watch the parade in person, and it's also live on US TV networks.

Chiang Mai Flower Festival, Thailand
Taking place for three days at the start of February, Chiang Mai's flower festival has been running for more than 40 years and attracts thousands of visitors to the northern Thailand city. As well as an agricultural fair, floral arrangement exhibitions, art shows, and a parade, one of the most popular events is the Chiang Mai Flower Festival Queen competition, with festivities running well into the evening while the winner is chosen.

National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC, US
The US capital is famous for its 3000-plus cherry trees that burst into pretty pink blossoms in spring. The trees were originally given to the city by the mayor of Tokyo in March 1912, and since that date, a four-week festival is held every spring to commemorate the generous gift. Events are designed to honor American and Japanese culture and include an opening ceremony, kite flying, a parade, live music, a "pink-tie" dinner party, and a spectacular fireworks display.

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