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Zumba on Your Fiesta-Themed Parade Float

Posted by paradefloats on April 1, 2013

Some things are too good not to share. Celebrations of Latin American cultures, such as Cinco de Mayo, have grown through the years into traditional community-wide festivals in cities of all sizes.

Zumba is also too good not to share. Promoting a diverse collection of Latin music styles along with fitness, fun and charitable giving, Zumba’s popularity shows no sign of waning.

It’s an inevitable match.

So let’s talk about your float decorations. What you want to think about first are bright colors or even the proverbial “riot” of colors to generate visual energy.

You may well ask if you’ll find the colors you need in basic parade float materials and the answer is yes. Fringe and festooning comes in all your primary colors and with choices of vinyl and metallic versions. Floral sheeting, usually the first choice for covering decks and decorations, gives you even more color options including unusual hues such as hot pink and teal.

The next step is to pick out large props and decorations. How about signage? There are at least four ways to identify your group or slogan in a decorative way, and you’ll want to choose based on budget, time, number of volunteers, re-usability and other factors. They are: pomps, fiesta banners, posters and personalized props.

The Fiesta Arch, shown above at right, is a lovely example of a prop in bright colors that can carry a message. Printed on both sides, you won’t have to worry about orienting it just so on the float; and with a height of nine feet, everyone will see the text. While it may require anchoring and some internal bracing, this made-to-order piece is a big, beautiful time-saver over building from scratch.

Pull motifs from your arch to complete the presentation. Mylar balloons in the shape of musical notes, maracas props and wearable sombreros from the Fiesta store are examples of additional decorations that will help pull the look together.

From there, it’s time to add sound and movement to your visual feast. Will your Zumba team actually dance on the float? It could be that building and using stanchions will meet safety regulations, or that the dancers will perform alongside the float and leave the riders to something tamer. If you haven’t already, check with the parade authority as soon as possible and plan accordingly.

Will you be building a parade float for Cinco de Mayo or other Latin American festival coming up soon? Let us know in comments!


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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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Celebrate Your Freedom with a Festive Float!

Posted by paradefloats on February 28, 2012

Celebrate with Your Fellow Citizens and Friends

Many cities all across the United States have parades for the Fourth of July.  Rightfully so– as citizens we should be proud to celebrate our independence and our freedom.  Have you been asked to participate in a parade and decorate a float?  If you’ve never done it before, you might need a little help…

Where to Start: A Fourth of July Parade Float

The first step should be finding information about building parade floats.  Whether that information comes from a book or a website, as long as it helps you construct your float, it’s valuable.  Next, you’ll need to find a tool kit with which to construct your parade float.  You could simply purchase a patriotic parade float kit if you’re nervous about your decorating skills, but sometimes creating your own ideas can be fun.  When you’ve found your trailer, use patriotic floral sheeting to set the theme.  From there, you can line the bottom of your Fourth of July float or the bottom of your vehicle with red, white, and blue fringe.  The floor of the Fourth of July parade float can be covered with grass mats for your float riders to stand on.  Then you can begin to add other decorations.  If you want to construct a small fence portion or you have a rail around your Fourth of July float, add festive patriotic bunting and twist red, white, and blue festooning around the rail.  Position a life-sized cake prop on your float for the participants to stand around.  Begin adding clusters of balloons at the corners of your Fourth of July float.  This way, the people that ride your Fourth of July float will have something to take home at the end of the parade, or to hand out to kids along the way.

Fourth of July Parade Participants

Whether young or old, everyone wants to participate in a Fourth of July parade.  Give everyone a choice of whether they want to ride on the Fourth of July float or walk behind it in another part of your Fourth of July parade.  Those that participate in the Fourth of July parade should wear jeans or jean shorts and a red, white, or blue shirt.  Then give every participant leis to wear and a choice between pinwheels and flags to carry.  They could also carry mini metal patriotic buckets filled with favors to hand out along the Fourth of July parade route.

Have fun celebrating the Fourth of July with your friends and family.  Whether you’re creating the Fourth of July parade float or simply walking behind the float handing out favors, remember what the holiday means: freedom, independence, and joy.

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