Panagbenga Festival: when the flowers bloom vibrantly

The annual Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City is something to really look forward to by tourists and locals. This event, which happens on February, offers various activities that showcase the indigenous culture of the Cordilleras as well as promote the oneness of the community of Baguio in a season that flowers bloom vibrantly.

One of the events to look forward to during this festival is the Grand Float Parade, which usually happens on the last Sunday of February. The parade starts at 8 o’clock in the morning, wherein the colorful floats pass by Session Road and Harrison Road and end up at the Athletic Bowl near the infamous Burnham Park.

This year, the parade was held on March 1, 2015. Yet again, the floats, adorned with the colorful varieties of flowers grown in the Benguet province, have awed and tantalized the spectators, who, at six o’clock in the morning, have secured the best viewing spots at Session Road.

As usual, after this one big event, Baguio closes Session Road for a week to make way for booths and stalls of different goods, snacks and delicacies as well as concerts and musical jams for tourists and locals to enjoy.

The floats are "parked" at the Athletic Bowl for viewing right after the parade. Thus, tourists flock here to see the floats up close.

The floats are “parked” at the Athletic Bowl for viewing right after the parade. Thus, tourists flock here to see the floats up close.

Participants of the Grand Float Parade are usually companies and establishments that are known locally and nationally.

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