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Awe-Inspiring Christmas Parade Float Ideas

Posted by paradefloats on October 16, 2012

If you’re planning a Christmas parade float this year, you’ve come to the right place for ideas and tips.

Christmas Parade Float Themes
As you know, the basic Christmas categories are the Nativity or Santa. However, other themes geared to winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) are usually acceptable, too. An ice castle or snowman theme, or those related to winter sports and pastimes such as skiing or sledding can use wintry colors but with Christmas-y accent colors. Savvy use of metallics on a float gives a nod to the holiday as well as the season.

Christmas Float Basics
To us, one of the most exciting developments in winter float decorations has been the introduction of snowflake floral sheeting. We think you’ll love it for a float deck or decoration that looks like it’s blanketed in snow or ice.

Of course, there are several other ways to suggest snowy or icy goodness. You could use white, iridescent or even silver floral sheeting for your snow-blanketing needs depending on the look you’re going for.

Next, select coordinating materials to finish covering the trailer. An earlier Parade Floats Christmas post includes a guide to the amounts of floral sheeting, festooning and fringe you’ll need for proper coverage.

Christmas Theme Props
In a climate of generally good weather, Christmas theme kits such as Nativity and Sugar Plum make it easy to decorate a float with large, colorful cardboard Christmas props that will essentially just need bracing and securing.

Our new giant 36” greeting cards are terrific for featuring the photos of team members and float sponsors.

A less-than-dependable climate – or when you need durable items that will store year after year – calls for decorative items made of different materials. You can still build a winter wonderland, but select wire snowflakes and snowmen made of corex; and you may want to surround your gingerbread house with corex gingerbread men and our party candy set that has wooden bases and cellophane covers.

Do also take a peek in reusable decorations, especially for wire structures and artificial trees, and check Christmas backgrounds and banners for sturdy vinyl backdrops and signs.

Once you selected the right props and signs, what’s left to consider is your imagination in pulling it all together. Speaking of which, check out some cool pics from the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade in Tempe, Arizona. Now, that’s what we call floating your boat – or is it boating your float?


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Amazing Holiday Pageant Parade Floats

Posted by paradefloats on November 1, 2011

Take the message of Christmas to the streets this holiday season aboard a float! Design an amazing holiday pageant parade float. Whether you want to make a simple float idea come to life, or you want to achieve a more elaborate vision, the possibilities are limitless. Retell the story of the nativity and the events surrounding the birth of Christ in a fresh and exciting way. Opt to create one individual pageant scene or tell the whole story with multiple scenes on one float, the choice is up to you.

Parade Materials
Cover the edge of the trailer with gold metallic fringe. Add a nativity scene personalized banner on top of the fringe on each side. Create a sandy, dirt flooring look by using parade float materials such as gold metallic floral sheeting or gold/silver mottled gossamer.

Nativity Scene
For a simple 2 dimensional look, position the nativity scene standee kit on the float and add large straw bales for a more natural scene. For a more realistic feel, use real people dressed in biblical costumes and children dressed in animal costumes, in lieu of live animals. Build a stable scene using plywood covered with woodgrain patterned paper, and hay or straw for the roof. Back in that day and age most mangers were made out of stone. Build a manger box, then cover it with flagstone patterned gossamer to bring a more realistic setting to your float.

Hillside Encounter
Start by attaching green grass colored fringe around the entire edge of the trailer. Replicate the scene of the angelic encounter with the shepherds on a hillside watching their flocks. Elevate part of the scene to create a hillside environment, then cover the flooring and the hill with grass mats and scatter grass. Situate groupings of sheep standees and shepherds all over the float. Dress up the shepherds with costumes and shepherds hooks. Adorn the angel(s) with angel wings & halo or a complete heaven’s angel costume. Place the angel underneath the lighted star cutout arch for a more celestial ambiance. Use lots of star décor to help set the stage for this glorious scene.

Journey of the Wisemen
Use gold metallic fringe as a skirt around the trailer. Dress up the Wisemen with long beards and rich looking robes. Endeavor to position the camel standees near the Wisemen, as if they were just riding on them for a long journey. Decorate fancy boxes for the Wisemen to carry their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the new baby King. Fill a gold star mylar balloon with helium to float above the Wisemen to represent the North star that they followed to deliver their gifts and worship the Christ child. Create a rural scene with grass, straw bales, and lots of rocks.

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Parade Float Slogan Ideas

Posted by paradefloats on June 30, 2010

Once you’ve established a float theme, you will want to create an awesome slogan to match! Use our 8″ styrofoam star and letter basic letters and numbers, or great customized vinyl banners to display your slogan on the side of your float. Below are some ideas to help you get started with your float slogan planning that relate to a variety of popular themes.

Western Float Slogan Ideas
Wanted: A Tiger Victory
Jail ‘Em
Spur the Team to Victory
Showdown at the MHS Corral
Cowboys Ride Again
Kick the Cougars
Brand ‘Em
We’re Hot
Lasso the Tigers
Hang ‘Em
Until the Cows Come Home
We’re Back in the Saddle Again
Rope ‘Em
Stampede the Lions
WHS Corral

Christmas Float Slogan Ideas
Christmas in July Party Float
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Unto Us, A Child Is Born
And the Gift Goes On
Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night
Old-Fashioned Christmas
Let It Snow!
Visions of Lollipops Danced in Their Heads
It’s a Wonderful Life
Silver Bells … It’s Christmas Time in the City
Make the Season Bright

Jungle Float Slogan Ideas
Eye of the Jungle
King of the Jungle
Hunt Down the Tigers
Trap the Cardinals
Jungle Fever
Eye of the Tiger
Bulldogs Aren’t Monkeying Around
Welcome to the Jungle
It’s a Jungle Out There
Hunting Down a Victory
Goin’ Headhunting
Swinging to a Victory

Survivor Float Slogan Ideas
We Have Immunity
Send the Lions Out Back, Mate
Extinguish the Bulldogs
Out-Survive the Wildcats
The Tribe Has Spoken!
Only the Strong Survive!

Luau / Tropical Float Slogan Ideas
Sacrifice the Lions
Tiki Curse
Blast the Wildcats
Cast Away the Indians
Hang Ten for a Victory
The Waves of Victory
Bulldog Paradise
Hook the Marlins
Hook the Dogs
Fishing for a Victory
Torch the Tigers
Erupt for a Victory
Roast the Dogs

Under the Sea Float Slogan Ideas
Bulldog Treasure!
X Marks the Victory Spot
Deep Blue Victory
Shark Attack
Walk the Plank
Sink the Eagles
The Warriors Sleep with the Fishes
Drench the Dogs!
Sink ‘Em

We’ll bring you more next week! Got a great slogan? Share it in comments! Then, check out the full line of parade float decorations at Shindigz Party.

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