Neighborhood Parades— Start A Tradition!
Posted by paradefloats on July 6, 2011
Neighborhood Parades- Start A Tradition!
A Neighborhood Parade Flashback:
An elevated twitter of excitement was in the air as each person prepared his or bike for the neighborhood parade tradition. The Michigan summer sun was bright and welcoming. The neighborhood kids were gathering around their old-style, banana-seat bikes with red, white, and blue streamers. They began weaving the colors through the spokes on their wheels and attaching them to the ends of their handlebars. A boy attached some playing cards to his spokes and they made a cool clickety sound as he rode around the street. An adult was handing out balloons to attach to the bikes. Everyone was excited!
Even today, some 30-plus years later, a neighborhood parade is something that kids love to participate in. You can start a new neighborhood parade tradition if your neighborhood doesn’t already have one. Here are some ideas to help you begin:
- Your neighborhood association can pick a theme to accompany a long weekend holiday, such as Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, and lay out the parade route.
- Send out flyers letting everyone know the date of the parade and whether it’s held rain or shine. Include the time and place for judging as well as the parade start time.
- Invite neighbors to volunteer as judges for the neighborhood parade and to help set up.
- Use golf carts, bikes, scooters, and wagons. Invite people to walk, roller blade, or stroll their babies.
- Have some people dress up as clowns carrying balloons to give to children or squirt guns to “refresh” parade watchers on a hot day.
- Give prizes to all the kids who participate!
Celebrating the New Neighborhood Parade Tradition
At the end of the parade, pass out awards for the best decorated transportation, the best costume, the best decorated pet, the best decorated baby doll and carriage (or stroller), the oldest and the youngest parade participants, etc. Then have simple refreshments like freezer bars and lemonade, or have a neighborhood block party. Set up a few long tables and neighbors can bring pot luck dishes to share. Offer face painting, a fun piñata, corn hole toss, and other kids party games to keep the fun going!