I can come to only two possible explanations as to how this monolithic tulip met its ultimate demise.
1. A group of unruly hoodlums undertook a prank far too ambitious given their limited experience in mildly upsetting the tulip enthusiast.
2. The tulip, upon being struck by an errant roman candle blast, became self aware and caught a glimpse of the 'No Dogs Allowed' sign. In protest of this ridiculous display of canine discrimination, he uprooted himself and left. Being a tulip, he did not make it far, but this selfless act for the egalitarian treatment of dogs at the Ottawa Tulip Festival will not soon be forgotten.
On second thought, its clearly the latter. If you really want to upset the tulip enthusiast, just remind them that they are in fact, a tulip enthusiast. I would find that terribly upsetting.
And for Pete's sake! Change the no dogs rule. Its unnecessary and it hurts my dog's feelings.
Good luck sleeping tonight with that on your conscious, Ottawa Tulip Festival operations committee.