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Build a Better 4th of July Float

Posted by paradefloats on June 1, 2013

The 4th of July is On Its Way!

It’s that time of year again! Memorial Day, summer vacation, it all means that the Fourth of July is right around the corner. With the Fourth come the parades—did you make a Fourth of July float for the parade last year? If you did, you’ll definitely want to make this year’s float better than last year’s. Here are a few tips that may help you…

Build Your Float One Step at a Time

Start with the basics—after you’ve found the perfect parade trailer and the right vehicle to pull it, you’ll need to search for the perfect decorations. If you want to go all out, decorate the car to match the trailer! The easiest way will be to getSilver Metallic Fringe a car decorating kit and then focus on more detailed decorations for your float. You could also use a custom trailer decorating kit, but you could also get the individual float supplies, such as metallic or vinyl fringe, tissue festooning, and grass mats. You’ll want red, white, and blue, obviously, but make sure not to overdo it. Try combining it with silver—either use silver metallic fringe or silver festooning, then the other decoration in red, white, and blue. You could, for example, use silver Red White and Blue Festooningmetallic fringe (possibly more than one layer) along the bottom of your float and then twist together a strand each of red, white, and blue festooning to make a larger strand (or use a few strands of the already-combined red, white, and blue festooning), then wrap that around the rail along the trailer. Line the trailer bed with grass mats so the parade participants have something soft to stand on. Once your trailer has the basic decorations, you can have more fun with it.

Making Your Float Better

Now you can have some fun with the decorations. If you want to make a sign for your parade participants to hold during the parade, you’ll need Styrofoam letters. If you don’t want to keep these white, simply paint them with a water-based paint (acrylic, latex house paint, or latex spray paint will work, as long as the label reads H2O). You could paint the letters red and blue and put them on top of a background of white twistees. In addition to the sign, you could place bunches of balloons behind your sign holders.

The participants on the float who aren’t holding the 4th of July sign could either toss candy to parade observers along the route or have a little more fun with the holiday. With proper supervision, you could allow your float participants to have sparklers while you drive the parade route. Your participants could also toss handfuls of confetti into the crowd along the route while others toss the candy.

The most important thing to remember when planning your 4th of July parade float this year is that you want everyone, participants and spectators alike, to have fun at the parade. As long as you’ve accomplished that, your float, the parade, and the holiday have been a great success. Start planning now for the perfect 4th of July float!

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Zumba on Your Fiesta-Themed Parade Float

Posted by paradefloats on April 1, 2013

Some things are too good not to share. Celebrations of Latin American cultures, such as Cinco de Mayo, have grown through the years into traditional community-wide festivals in cities of all sizes.

Zumba is also too good not to share. Promoting a diverse collection of Latin music styles along with fitness, fun and charitable giving, Zumba’s popularity shows no sign of waning.

It’s an inevitable match.

So let’s talk about your float decorations. What you want to think about first are bright colors or even the proverbial “riot” of colors to generate visual energy.

You may well ask if you’ll find the colors you need in basic parade float materials and the answer is yes. Fringe and festooning comes in all your primary colors and with choices of vinyl and metallic versions. Floral sheeting, usually the first choice for covering decks and decorations, gives you even more color options including unusual hues such as hot pink and teal.

The next step is to pick out large props and decorations. How about signage? There are at least four ways to identify your group or slogan in a decorative way, and you’ll want to choose based on budget, time, number of volunteers, re-usability and other factors. They are: pomps, fiesta banners, posters and personalized props.

The Fiesta Arch, shown above at right, is a lovely example of a prop in bright colors that can carry a message. Printed on both sides, you won’t have to worry about orienting it just so on the float; and with a height of nine feet, everyone will see the text. While it may require anchoring and some internal bracing, this made-to-order piece is a big, beautiful time-saver over building from scratch.

Pull motifs from your arch to complete the presentation. Mylar balloons in the shape of musical notes, maracas props and wearable sombreros from the Fiesta store are examples of additional decorations that will help pull the look together.

From there, it’s time to add sound and movement to your visual feast. Will your Zumba team actually dance on the float? It could be that building and using stanchions will meet safety regulations, or that the dancers will perform alongside the float and leave the riders to something tamer. If you haven’t already, check with the parade authority as soon as possible and plan accordingly.

Will you be building a parade float for Cinco de Mayo or other Latin American festival coming up soon? Let us know in comments!

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Five Ideas for Your Easter Parade Float

Posted by paradefloats on March 1, 2013

He is Risen

A great way to celebrate Easter and spread your message to the community is by participating in a parade.  Start out by covering your float with white pomps tissue squares.  Use the pomps to create a very serene cloud.  Add several white pearl balloons to the float.  Tie them at different heights with white or clear string.  Have members from your church’s children’s choir dress in white and sing Easter hymns as they travel through the streets.  While walking along side of the float, choir members can carefully give out Religious Cross Party Mints to onlookers.  Children will be especially excited to receive a special treat on Easter Sunday.  The Rejoice Personalized Banner will be a great addition to spread the word about your ministry and service times.

rejoicepersonalized banner

The Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunts are one of the most popular activities for Easter.  Why not represent this exciting past time with your float?  Start by hanging green grass vinyl fringe on the sides of your float and covering the top with tissue grass mats.  Add one or two 8 foot balloon trees.  The Forest Background Illustration will be a perfect back drop for your parade float.  Add some balloons and flowers for extra hiding places and dimension.  The Easter Egg Cut Outs will be perfect.  Place them sporadically around on the float.  Ask the children from your group to pretend to search for them.

A Visit With the Easter Bunny

Seeing the Easter Bunny is a highlight in every Easter Parade.  Your organization will definitely earn attention with this float.  Start out by making a really fun base for your float.  The Custom Trailer Decorating Kit would be a great way to easily make your float outshine the rest!  The Easter Bunny will need somewhere to sit and the Easter Egg Standee Set is a great way to camouflage a barstool or similar chair.  Make sure the Easter Bunny and all his helpers have plenty of candy to give to parade goers.  Take advantage of the popular nature of your float and let everyone know about your group with the Easter Lillies Personalized Banner.

Easter Basket Float 

An Easter Basket is a source of joy for children all over the world on Easter morning.  Have several children from your organization decorate laundry baskets like Easter baskets.   Fill the baskets with eggs and candy.  The children can throw candy from their baskets to those who are watching the parade.   The kids on the float can even dress up like cute little bunnies themselves.  Retro flowers would make a great addition to this float as well as the Easter Egg Standee Set.  The final touch will be to include a personalized Easter Basket Standee to advertise your organization.

easter basket standee

Easter Wonderland

Create a magical Easter Wonderland.  Use gossamer to create a whimsical floor covering for your float.  Use Holographic Ice Curtains to add depth to the scene. Place several elegant tissue butterflies around the float.  Have an Easter Princess and her little bunny helpers pass out candy to passerby.

Start an Easter parade tradition in your community this year and then send us your pictures!

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