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 May 1, 2013
Whether it’s the teachers or the students, everyone who has spent the fall, winter and spring at school is ready for a break when summer hits. One super fun idea for celebrating the arrival of summer is a School’s Out Parade. Have different school clubs and even sports teams come up with their own floats for a crazy celebration of the end of the school year!
Here are some of our favorite, creative ideas for themes for School’s Out Parade Floats:
School Spirit Float
School may be out, but that doesn’t mean students and staff will abandon their spirit for their school. A school spirit float should be decked out in the school colors and embody the great spirit everyone has for their school. The Custom Trailer Decorating Kit is the perfect way to get started with this idea. This float should also have a personalized banner announcing the name of the club or group that is sponsoring the float. Of course, any great parade float is accompanied by people passing out candy. Have everyone involved in this float wear their favorite spirit attire and pass out candy to parade watchers along the road.
Seniors are clearly the stars of the parade, as it will mark their final event before graduation. If your senior class has its own colors, decorate the float in those, or use the school colors. Depending on the size of the Senior class, consider writing each Senior’s name on a star, that way everyone is involved! Don’t forget the star banner, announcing the Senior class as the official “stars” of the parade.
The legendary city of Atlantis can be the most legendary float in the parade. Decorate your float in beautiful underwater colors like blue and turquoise. And don’t forget Atlantis staples like seahorses and chariots. Have members of the club or team dress up like their favorite sea creatures and have them blow bubbles so parade watchers will get the full underwater feel of Atlantis.
It could be the marching band, jazz band, choir, or those who participated in the musical. Music is everywhere at school, and a music mania float is simple and fun to do. Go with a black-and-white theme but add an exciting accent color like red or hot pink. Decorate your float with music note balloons and your accent color. If students don’t want to play their actual instruments, play some rock ‘n’ roll music and have participants jam out on their inflatable instruments. Everyone loves music, and a music float is sure to bring smiles to parade watchers.
Step Back in Time
Even in the 1920’s students were excited for school to let out for the summer, and with the upcoming movie release of The Great Gatsby, a Roaring 20’s themed float will definitely impress the student body. Have participants in this float wear their favorite flapper outfits and 20’s gangster clothes. Decorate the float in your favorite bright colors, and then place silhouettes of dancing couples from the 20’s in front. Be sure and have your favorite jazz music playing so the float will really come to life.
The right costumes, decorations and music can make any float spectacular for an end-of-the-year parade at school. What are some favorite “School’s Out” parade floats you’ve seen?
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Posted by paradefloats on May 13, 2011
Celebrate the end of the school year with a parade full of floats from different school organizations, clubs, alumni, and staff. There’s something for everyone, so get those creative juices flowing!
Graduation Floats for Seniors
A graduation float seems fitting for the senior class! Load up on graduation party supplies and decorate your hearts out. Tie down tons of graduation balloons so everyone knows how proud you are. String graduation hanging swirls from one side to the other and be sure to grab some confetti to throw out at the crowd.
Sports clubs, teams, or cheerleaders may want to decorate their floats using big game decorations. Nothing would be more fun than to ride that float and making a cacophony of noise using noisemakers and waving cheer poms. What would you throw to the crowd? Mini sports balls, of course!
Your school’s alumni will have fun on their float that they decorate with reunion party supplies. To achieve that old school effect, hang a reunion banner in the school colors from one side and blast straight into the past with fun retro decorations. Hang a plastic mirror ball from the top and a use double disco ball on the floor. For added fun wear retro wearables when you spread the peace and love by throwing heart shaped peace sign bracelets.
You don’t have to be super creative or spend lots of cash to have a fabulous float for your school’s parade! Check out all that Shindigz has to offer you, get inspired just by browsing, and create something simply unique.
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