The Tulip Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in the City of Albany, and this year’s event was scheduled for May 8-10, 2020. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City has decided to postpone the 72nd Annual Albany Tulip Festival in order to ensure the health and safety of residents and the community.
What About the Tulip Queen & Court?
In a recent press release, the City of Albany announced that Tulip Festival and all related events, including the street scrubbing, music, arts, and crafts festival, and the Royal Tulip Ball, will be postponed. The decision was made after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued guidance to cancel mass gatherings of 50 or more people until at least May 15.
Although the festival won’t take place over Mother’s Day weekend, the City will move forward with the application process for the 2020 Tulip Queen and Court. The Tulip Queen and Court serve an important role as ambassadors for Albany, participate in a literacy program, and help out local nonprofits and schools.
As a result of this new situation, there will be a virtual interview process to determine this year’s Tulip Queen and Court. Applications will be accepted through April 6 by visiting http://www.albanytulipqueen.com/nominate/. The new Queen and Court will be announced at the appropriate time.
Looking ahead toward summer, the City will work on other ways to celebrate our local history and culture, and they will explore creative ways to share the tulips in bloom via Facebook and social media sites. The status of annual summer festivals and concert series in Albany will be evaluated as well.