The Pella Tulip Festival celebrates the city's Dutch heritage with three days of events.
Each day features two parades, an afternoon parade at 2 p.m. and a lighted evening parade at 8:30 p.m. Costumed residents scrub streets, dance in wooden shoes and entertain you for an hour prior to each parade.
Food stands fill side streets with food ranging from traditional Dutch to American. Demonstrations of Dutch Letter making and wooden shoe carving take place in the HistoricalVillage. Poffertjes are a traditional Dutch batter treat. Poffertjes look like tiny pancakes, but they are much sweeter. In contrast with pancakes, poffertjes are turned before one side is completely done, which results in a much softer core than pancakes have.Typically, poffertjes are served with poedersuiker (powdered sugar) and butter.