If you can’t bring the parade to the islands, bring the islands to your parade! A luau party on your island float is a fun and exciting way to spend time in a parade. Not only will those involved in the float have a blast, but it should easily bring a smile to those watching the parade. After all, who doesn’t love a good luau?
A luau party on your island float just isn’t possible without some great palm trees. Palm trees can be displayed on your float in a variety of ways. There are lots of different types of fake palm trees: plastic, inflatable, cardboard, and even paper. No matter what type you use on your float, palm trees are a must.
“Lei” Down the Law
Make it mandatory for your float participants to wear leis. A luau without leis is unheard of. You may even want to consider involving parade watchers and passing out leis. There are so many different types of leis. Some are plastic-feeling in a single color, while others are much more colorful and have more realistic-looking flowers.
Dress the Part
Luaus are all about the costumes. Besides wearing leis, make sure your participants are decked out in tropical costumes. For the men, Hawaiian shirts are a must. They should also wear shorts and sandals or deck shoes. For the ladies, grass skirts are a good idea with some sort of tank top. If appropriate, coconut tops are a good addition as well.
Since it would be rather difficult to have actual water on your float, you will have to create it some other way. One way to do this would be by surrounding the bottom of your float with blue and white fringe. The metallic material moves easily and can provide a water-look for the bottom of your float. If you want to create the illusion of water on your actual float, use some blue floral sheeting on the footing of your float or on a background.
The Sounds of the Tropics
Finally, make sure you have some music playing for the luau party on your island float. Consider playing some reggae music or something fun and tropical like Jimmy Buffett. The sounds of steel drums will definitely bring your luau party to life!
Remember that luaus can be a blast, and a tropical float is sure to bring smiles to the faces of parade watchers.