Parade Float Ideas

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Get Spirit Revved Up with a Charging to Win Float!

Posted by paradefloats on May 28, 2009

Charging-to-Win-Float-KitParade floats for Homecoming before the big game are a great way to create school spirit and for getting fans ready for all the excitement. We have tons of parade float supplies and a fantastic Charging to Win Float Kit for creating a memorable school spirit float.

The float is built on an 8’ x 16’ farm wagon with the back removed. A similar size trailer, used to move small construction equipment, might be borrowed from a local construction company. The float also might be built on the back of a flat bed truck.

A light wooden frame, made of #2 1 x 3 pine surrounds the wagon. The frame extends from the top of the wagon bed to 15” from the ground. You can find wood for the frame at your local lumberyard. A basic frame this size requires approximately 140’ of lumber.

Waterproof, flameproof Floral Sheeting is stapled to the frame. This size float requires 16 yards of Vinyl floral sheeting for the sides. Use floral sheeting in green or in stripes of your school colors! The floor requires another 15 yards of floral sheeting. To calculate how much floral sheeting you need for your float, measure the distance around in feet and divide by three to get the yardage. Floral sheeting is sold in square yards. Floral sheeting is made of a heavy plastic backing sheet with rows of sewn-on scalloped plastic flower petal shapes.

14” high metallic black fringe (or use your school colors) is stapled to the bottom of the frame where the Floral Sheeting stops. Fringe is available in 10’ long packages. This size float requires five, 10’ packages of metallic fringe.

Black festooning outlines the sides of the float. Festooning is available in 48’ long rolls. This size float requires three, 48’ rolls of festooning. The floral sheeting, festooning and fringe are all made of the same plastic material (waterproof, fade-proof and flameproof) and reusable for another float at another time.

The styrofoam star and letters basics letters or numbers are 8” high, and can be used to add your slogan to the side of the float. You can paint them with inexpensive interior latex paint or leave them white. Be sure to add another board, such as plywood, to your frame under the Floral Sheeting. Just use small nails to fasten the letters to the board. As an alternative, hot glue the letters to the floral sheeting.

Create the Charging to Win float with the 4′ 3″ high x 3 3/4′ wide double-sided printed cardboard helmet sitting on top of gold floral sheeting bursts. The float focal point comes in your choice of helmet color and mascot. Buy two to include your opponents on the float.

Add the vertical banner with stand to add a spirited message with your own choice of wording. Add the Charging to Win Horizontal Vinyl Banner to the side of the float for an extra-impact. Each of our vinyl banners are printed on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl and are reusable for other events or parades.

Check out all of our parade tips for more ideas and tell us about your float!


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