The Eelde Flower Parade is a competition on the first Saturday in September, in which fifteen neighbourhoods fight for the honour. Every neighbourhood builds its own float, decorated with dahlias. The parade season starts in March, when by lottery the choice is made which float the neighbourhood will build. The welding of the frames starts in May already. Flower pieces, made of dahlias and also other cut flowers, made by star arrangers from the whole Netherlands, show the latest trends in flower arrangements in the parade. Seeds and other materials may be used as well. Often costumed, face-painted people are portraying the theme on top of the floats. The floats are alternated with showbands and marching bands. The following Sunday is for the exhibition of the floats and for music, theatre and a fair.