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Decorate Your Float for Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted by paradefloats on September 25, 2012

Autumn is right around the corner and you know what that means, it’s time to color October… PINK! Yes, PINK! October is the perfect time to get outside, let the beauty of the cool breeze softly caress your skin, admire the serenity of nature’s landscape, and share in the passion of honoring your loved ones who are battling or survivors of breast cancer, and who, never for a moment, take for granted the beauty of life’s little treasures. And after all, October respectfully maintains the honor of serving as ambassador to Breast Cancer Awareness and the pink ribbon has become the most nationally recognized symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness in the movement to Save the Ta-Tas! So, for your next parade, you can team up with October and show your support by painting October pink.

Join the Cause

Breast Cancer Awareness month offers many opportunities to get involved. You can search your local area for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or Breast Cancer walks, Relay for Life events, or local parades and festivals for ways that you and your fellow breast cancer supporters can help make a difference in the lives of those who have been diagnosed with cancer.    

Pretty in Pink Parades

Making a parade float can be both fun and rewarding. There are many ways that you can decorate your float to show your support.

First, before you begin, you should discuss and determine a budget for your float with your team members.

  • Do you plan to have sponsors for your float?
  • Will your team be raising funds through fundraising activities?
  • Will your team pay to organize the float?

It is important to consider how your float will be funded so your team of supporters has an idea of how your available funds pair with your vision for the float.

Once you’ve determined how your float will be funded, begin by envisioning the type of look you would like for the float and what the purpose of the float will be, such as honoring a loved one. Check out this link for additional cancer float ideas.

  • Do you see your float as an oval? Rectangle or square?
  • Consider the size of the float and how many people that the will float need to accommodate. *If you plan to honor an individual, consider how you plan to do so – do you plan to have a pedestal for your honorary guest to stand on or a raised seat for her to sit – and ensure adequate space on the float.
  • Decide how you would like for your float to move – a small float pulled by your team, on wheels and motorized. Take into account the surface that your float will be traveling on, such as rocks or cement.
  • Purchase building materials: wood, nails, screws, wheels, and other necessary materials.
  • Gather the necessary tools to build your float.

Get your team together for an afternoon of fellowship and build your float. Once your float is designed, you can decorate!! Let the fun and creativity begin!

Whether your parade float serves the purpose to bring awareness to breast cancer or seek donations for breast cancer research, your float is sure to touch the hearts of survivors and their families.


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Halloween Parade Float Ideas

Posted by paradefloats on October 1, 2011

Every Halloween parade includes children in cute costumes, but reach deep down beyond the usual Halloween parade to a more elaborate themed parade. Keep in mind the audience of the parade when you decide on the level of frightful or friendly themes for your parade float.

First decorate the base of the trailer with black metallic fringe all the way around. Attach Halloween garland that accents the theme of your float on top of the black fringe. Select grass flooring from the many parade float materials available. Tissue grass mats and parade float grass mats are good choices depending on how many ghosts, ghouls, and goblins are walking around on your float.

Graveyard Parade Float Ideas
Use strings of skeletons as the garland on top of the fringe around the trailer. Select a graveyard entrance way from the multitude of spooky Halloween props. The graveyard entrance is a creepy looking old stone arch with lanterns printed on the sides. The spooktacular cemetery arch features two stone columns with plastic lamp posts that light up. To add authenticity to your graveyard parade float, use one of the graveyard fencing options: graveyard fence, silver skull fence, skeleton arm lawn stakes, or the skull fence multi-pack. Essential decorations for this theme are a variety of tombstones, the 3D creepy coffin, and a few spooky 3D tree standees. Increase the fright and mystery on your float with a fog machine.

Horror Movie Parade Float Ideas
Enhance the black metallic fringe on the trailer with the bloody weapon garland over the fringe. Use the eerie haunted house standee as a backdrop for this float. Add as many zombies, vampires, and gory creatures as possible. Spider webs, big hairy spiders, bats, and rats are a must for this horror float theme. Posting a bloody, tattered enter at your own risk banner and the spooky misting cauldron are also chilling touches. Be sure to place horrific characters on your float, check out the frightening Halloween costumes available.

The Great Pumpkin (Jack-O-Lantern) Parade Float Ideas
Opt for a brighter orange or purple colored metallic fringe in place of black fringe around the base of the trailer, and then add the fall leaves jumbo wire garland as an accent. Set up an adorable and delicious candy corn arch to bring height and depth to the float. Use the Jack O’Lantern lighted corex standee as the focal point of the great pumpkin parade float. Another fun pumpkin decoration is the stack ‘o jack-o-lanterns, however, keep in mind that this decoration must be attached to a support stand. Use the giant cornstalk decorations, a bunch of large straw bales, and real pumpkins in a variety of sizes to fill in your float decor.

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Oktoberfest Parade Float Tips

Posted by paradefloats on September 1, 2011

Ah, Oktoberfest, the German beer festival that is often celebrated in the month of October, although in Munich, Germany it is a 16-18 day festival held at the end of September to the beginning of October. This year enjoy Oktoberfest with a Bavarian beer garden atmosphere for your Oktoberfest parade float. This festival is all about the beer, the food, and the music. Take note of these great tips for your float:

Parade Float Materials
Start decorating the Bavarian beer garden float with a wide selection of parade float materials, including blue and white fringe to keep in line with the traditional blue and white colors commonly associated with Oktoberfest. Finish off the fringe with white festooning material to soften up the look of the edge of the trailer. A great alternative covering around the edge of the trailer is to use Oktoberfest fabric bunting, just attach the bunting so it does not drag on the ground. Cover the floor of the trailer with rock wall patterned flat paper to simulate a gravel-like ground cover that typically covers the floor at a beer garden.

Oktoberfest Decorations
Set up an entrance to the beer garden with an Oktoberfest themed arch. The Oktoberfest arch features a blue and white harlequin pattern with an impressive beer stein and a shield accenting the sides of the arch. Personalize the top of the arch with the Oktoberfest wording of your choice. Incorporate Oktoberfest banners onto the float to highlight your float. Place a German band standee on one end of the float to add some humor and interest.

Beer Garden Set Up
Put a few wooden picnic tables on the float as the seating for the beer garden, as this is characteristic of a beer garden setting. Dress the tables with an Oktoberfest table cover and matching Oktoberfest tableware. Provide plenty of steins for drinking, and circle an Oktoberfest centerpiece with beer candles. For a charming effect, place a few city lamp posts near the tables.

Oktoberfest Float Participants
Solicit servers for your beer garden and outfit them with various Oktoberfest party apparel, such as the yodeler hat & Oktoberfest vest for male servers and the plastic Fraulein vests for female servers. Seat customers with Oktoberfest party passes at the tables to pretend to eat, drink, and act lively. Dress up a select number of float riders in Salzburg festival children’s costumes, a Hansel costume, and an Elsa the milkmaid costume. In lieu of real people in costume, place Oktoberfest standees on your float near the entrance of the arch and anywhere you want to draw the crowd’s attention. Consider tossing Oktoberfest beer mug beads or mini individual bags of pretzels into the crowd of parade watchers.

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