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Get the Crowd Roaring with a Tiger Mascot Float

Posted by paradefloats on July 23, 2009

Tiger-Mascot-FloatIf your mascot is a tiger, our Tiger Mascot Float Kit (shown at right) is perfect for your Homecoming float! If there’s a parade before your next big game or you’re taking part in a town parade, use our Tiger Mascot Float to get the crowd roaring with school spirit. Here are our tips:

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 stripes of black and orange floral sheeting. 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 or orange fringe 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 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.  Our custom printed tri-fold float signs are another awesome way for adding a school spirit message to your parade float.

Finally, set the 3 ft. 10 in. high x 3 ft. 9 in. wide cardboard-corrugate mural of a Tiger on your float for an awesome focal point. Have your cheerleaders or football players ride on the float. Don’t forget a mascot, like our Terence Tiger Mascot Costume! He adds just the right amount of fun to your parade float.

Check out all of our parade float ideas and parade float materials!

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