Posted by paradefloats on August 1, 2013
It could be the Homecoming parade, a city-wide Halloween parade, or even a summer parade that’s showcasing local businesses, including colleges. Whatever the occasion, you surely don’t want to build a losing college parade float. Wow the crowd and make the parade watchers so excited about your school that they’ll stand up and cheer!
Start with a Theme and a Banner
Maybe your float will simply be a celebration of your school, or perhaps you’ll want to focus on one particular group or sport, or even do something way out of the ordinary like an island or vampire theme. Feel free to get creative! Then, present the school’s name and theme of the float on a personalized banner. That way people can really see you coming and eagerly await to see what your float is all about.
It’s All About Color
One way people will recognize you coming down the street is by your school colors. Deck your float out with floral sheeting and fringe in the school colors. After all, you’re proud of your school, so show it by splattering those colors all over your parade float. Make sure everyone participating in the float is dressed in school colors as well. If you’re going with a traditional school spirit theme, have them wear temporary tattoos and carry fan poms to create a crazy spirit-filled atmosphere.
Create a Focal Point
Color and spirit aren’t enough to keep you from creating a losing college parade float. You’ll need a focal point, something that will catch everyone’s eyes and make them say, “Wow!” Maybe it’s a giant football that will attract everyone’s attention, or a big head cutout of the dean. Perhaps it will be your school mascot disco dancing on the float. Whatever it is, make sure it will either impress people or make them laugh.
Don’t Forget About Sound
The most obvious way to create sound for your float is by using the school’s marching band. If that won’t work, or the school doesn’t have one, blast some music from the truck pulling the float. The music can go with your theme, or you can play the school song on repeat. You might also want to alternate playing the school song with some chants from the school cheerleaders.
Give them Something to Remember
Depending on the reason for your float, you’ll want to hand out something to parade watchers. Create cards for the event with the school’s web address and phone number and hand out to people watching the parade. Of course it wouldn’t hurt to hand out some candy as well. There’s no way your float will be a losing one if you’re handing out goodies to the crowd!
Get the Crowd Involved and They’ll Never Forget You
Whatever you do, get the crowd involved. There’s nothing worse than a parade float with no interaction from the viewers. Get them cheering, clapping, grabbing for candy, anything! Make them feel a part of your college parade float, and there’s no way anyone will think it’s a losing one.
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Posted by paradefloats on July 1, 2013
With the big summer holidays drawing to a close, it’s time to start looking toward the fall holidays. Fall means the return of yearly festivals, celebrations, fairs, and parades! Here’s a list of ten must-attend parades and festivals.
Ten Must-Attend Fall Festivals and Parades
- Iowa State Fair: Taking place in August and located in Des Moines, the Iowa State Fair not only has wonderful food, but also a livestock show and many other contests and competitions.
- Aloha Festivals: A three-month-long statewide festival in Hawaii? What could be better than that? All the islands get involved in this massive celebration of art, music, dance, and food. Thinking about creating your own Aloha Festival? Look into grass skirts, flower hair clips, and realistic leis for guests at your festival.
- Blueberry Festival: In Plymouth, Indiana, a four-day festival takes place over Labor Day Weekend in September. This festival draws more than 300 craft vendors from all over America as well as over 100 different food booths. There’s also a hot air balloon portion of the festival as well as a Labor Day Parade.
- German Village Oktoberfest: This Columbus, Ohio festival is dedicated to food! With the traditional funnel cakes and kettle corn, there are also the German classics—brats, schnitzels, and sauerkraut. There are a variety of events to entertain everyone, including a tractor pull and a comedy show. You may see quite a few German alpine hats and steins– why not wear a hat of your own?
- National Apple Harvest Festival: The first two weeks of every October in Arendtsville, Pennsylvania are occupied with this festival. In addition to all manner of apple-related activities, there is also a petting zoo, hay rides, chainsaw carving, and a variety of antiques (farm equipment and a cider press to name a few). The parade is made up of antique and classic cars.
- Madison County Covered Bridge Festival: Another wonderful October festival, this is set in Iowa during the second full weekend. What sets this festival apart from the others is the quilt show, car show, and demonstrations by artisans of the old-fashioned ways of life. This festival is another with an antique car parade.
- Circleville Pumpkin Show: Taking place in Circleville, Ohio, this festival not only boasts two pageants, a pumpkin pie eating contest, and a Great Pumpkin weigh-in, but also seven parades!
- Missouri State Fair: Dating back to 1901, this state fair is one the biggest in the nation. There are concerts from many national acts, tractor pulls, shopping, races, and a farmers market.
- Halloween Balloon Festival and Parade: In Galena, Illinois, 25 hot air balloons gather for an evening glow, an early-morning launch, and a parade on the last weekend of October. After the parade comes another evening glow, during which there is a trick or treat opportunity for the kids in attendance.
- Johnny Appleseed Festival: In Fort Wayne, Indiana, this September festival includes the arts and crafts, food, and kids’ activities, but also shows living history with military encampment and a band of bagpipers making their way through the area.
There are a wide variety of festivals and parades all across our great nation—these are just a few! This fall, go explore your state and find a new festival or two!
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