The 2020 Daffodil Festival – yellow, white, and green —–
a fragrant sea of flowers consisting of wild daffodils as far as the eye can see.
The major highlights of the 61st Daffodil Festival are the traditional motorcade and the boat parade on the Sunday of the festival. About 25,000 visitors appear every year at Austria’s largest flower festival. The extensive programme of events to be held at this long weekend already starts on Thursday, 21st May 2020. In the four days of the event, visitors are allowed to indulge in concerts, musical evening events and traditional folk events. Other highlights include the daffodil run, literature evenings, hikes, dances as well as culinary culminations.
Election of the Daffodil Queen and the Daffodil Princesses,Saturday, 16th May 2020
The Daffodil Queen and the Daffodil Princesses are the elected majestic dignities of the Daffodil Festival present at all the events and press briefings. The entire year long, they represent the Ausseerland and the Salzkammergut throughout all of Austria.
Children’s Daffodil Dance & Long Night of Daffodils
Friday, 22nd May 2020
The traditional May dance has existed since the very beginning of the Daffodil Festival in the sixties. Each year a new, it is one of the most charming highlights featuring the local schoolchildren.
During the Long Night of Daffodils, the town centre transforms into a pedestrian zone. Musical entertainment and dance performances are awaiting you. Food and drink will also be on offer. Shops will be staying open for business until 10:00 p.m
Vintage Car Gathering & Daffodil Figure Decoration
Saturday, 23rd May 2020
Classic cars can be admired during the vintage car parade through the city centre or when displayed on show.
Decoration of the daffodil figures will be taking place at various locations, including Aussee, Grundlsee and Bad Mitterndorf. Volunteers are welcome to come and help!
Motorcade in Bad Aussee on Sunday, 24th May 2020
The magnificent figures full of “Poet’s Daffodils” are creatively placed on cars, carriages and tractors. The parade with the daffodil figures and daffodil majestic dignities, groups in traditional dress and bands starts at 10:30 a.m.
Boat parade in Grundlsee on Sunday, 24th May 2020
The colourful boats with the daffodil figures move around in proximity to the shore. Enjoy the impressive natural scenery from the shore and take home lasting memories.
The history of the festival
The first festival took place in May of 1960. Originally, there was only one motorcade on Sunday. At that time, a simple bouquet of daffodils decorated the vehicles. Already from the beginning, the daffodil queen was chosen. In 1963, the boat parade was added as a significant innovation. The Daffodil Festival is a folk festival for the people, where practically all the inhabitants of Aussee, both men and women alike, are actively involved, this making the event particularly endearing.
A figure originates
While inserting a single character, 20 people are required. This happens in a place that is as cool and dark as possible. Three to four daffodils are placed within a square centimetre. Children from Aussee take part in as much as holiday guests of the region. Under professional supervision, the Daffodil Festival visitors join in the decoration of a flowery figure picking, design and inserting flowers. About 3,000 helpers are on duty. The motifs are manufactured using a frame constructed of wood or iron and covered with a hexagonal netting. Small bunches of daffodils are then inserted into this netting. Up to over 300,000 daffodil blossoms are used for a single figure.