New York City’s 2018 Flower Parade marches on Northern Blvd from 69th to 88th St on Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 12 noon – 2 pm. The Flower Festival starts on Friday with a party and continues on Saturday with a street crawl.
Most cut flowers sold in the United States come from Colombia. Most Colombian New Yorkers are from Medellín, the capital of the Colombian department (state) of Antioquia.
Silleteros are flower sellers who carry flowers on their backs down from the mountains of Medellín, Colombia to sell in the markets.
In the old times, silleteros used put a chair (una silla) on their backs to carry loads of goods or people. That is how they got their name silla-teros.
Feria de las Flores, Medellín
The big Festival of Flowers is in Medellín, Colombia in August. This year, it is August 3 – 12, 2018.
The festival started in 1957 when a promoter (many people from Medellín are good promoters) asked a few silleteros to march in a parade. Today over 500 silleteros march in the Medellín Flower Festival which has become a huge week-long festival.
New York Flower Parade and Festival
This year the New York Flower Parade and Festival celebrates with a party, a street crawl and a parade. It is produced by Flower Festival International.
Fiesta de las Flores (Flower Party)
The Fiesta de las Flores is at Joya Hall in Rego Park, Queens on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 8 pm. $65
The show features Colombian comic Fosforito from the popular TV show Sabados Felice, live music by Zafarrancho, the storyteller Jerico, singers, and flower art by the silleteros of Santa Elena, Antioquia
Get tickets at flowerfestivalintl.com
Flower Festival Street Crawl
The Flower Festival Street Crawl is on 37th Avenue from 69th – 88th St in Jackson Heights, Queens on Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 4 – 7 pm.
The street crawl features live music, dancers, theater and circus performers.
Flower Parade (Desfile de las Flores)
The 9th Annual Flower Parade (Desfile de las Flores) marches on 37th Avenue from 69th – 88th St in Jackson Heights, Queens on Sunday, June 8, 2018 from 12 noon – 2 pm.