The Desfile de Silleteros, or Flower Parade, is the flagship event of the annual Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival).
Each year, the silleteros, the men and women from Santa Elena, work tirelessly to create the most beautiful silletas (flower arrangements) possible.
Due to the variety of sizes and themes for the silletas, there are various classes, including: children’s, junior’s, traditional, emblematic, monumental, and commercial.
Before the parade begins, all the silletas are judged in a competition.
Then, once the parade gets under way, the silleteros who placed first, second, third, fourth or fifth in their class get to walk out in that order.
Imagine the excitement those winners are feeling as they just learned the news, and then have to walk with the display on their back for several hours!
In between the silleteros, you’ll see marching bands and dance troupes performing. The whole event is a beautiful display of paisa culture.