'The Bachelor Winter Games' begins filming in Vermont with Ben Higgins, Dean Unglert, Eric Bigger, Ashley Iaconetti, Luke Pell and more!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/05/2017
The Bachelor Winter Games began filming on Tuesday with a small-town parade and celebration featuring many bachelors and bachelorettes who are franchise favorites.
The new ABC reality spinoff began filming on the morning of December 5 in Manchester, Vermont. Fans gathered in the streets for a parade filled with male dancers in grass skirts, a walking Statue of Liberty, an oompah band, a koala-suit mascot, a female Viking, Santa Claus, and more.
The event, dubbed The Bachelor Winter Games: Arrival Celebration, was documented on social media by fans.
In addition, two ladies who recently filmed Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s The Bachelor edition -- which premieres January 1 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC -- signed on for Winter Games once they returned home.
[Spoiler Warning: Please stop reading now if you don't want to know the two women from Arie's season participating in Winter Games].
According to Bachelor spoiler Reality Steve, Arie's bachelorettesBibiana Julian, a 30-year-old executive assistant at MTV Miami and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader from Miami, FL, and Lauren Griffin, a recruiter from California, are the participants who will be competing and seeking love in Vermont.
However, the happily-married couple were not wearing the same "Team USA" jackets like the rest of the American team cast members, leaving their participation roles unclear.
Additional photos also show numerous unidentified cast members of international The Bachelor franchise editions walking in the parade behind banners identifying their countries.
The beginning of the parade also featured a banner with The Bachelor Winter Games logo, which includes 11 country flags.
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The 11 country flags displayed on the logo are Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.
As previously announced, The Bachelor Winter Games will feature American and international bachelors and bachelorettes of the past competing in winter-themed challenges all the while looking for love at a luxurious resort.
The Winter Games spinoff is expected to premiere in February 2018 and air as counter-programming to NBC's coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics. ABC announced it had ordered the show back in May. About The Author:Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.