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Themes for School’s Out Parade Floats

Posted by paradefloats on May 1, 2013

Whether it’s the teachers or the students, everyone who has spent the fall, winter and spring at school is Paradeready for a break when summer hits. One super fun idea for celebrating the arrival of summer is a School’s Out Parade. Have different school clubs and even sports teams come up with their own floats for a crazy celebration of the end of the school year!

Here are some of our favorite, creative ideas for themes for School’s Out Parade Floats:

School Spirit Float

School may be out, but that doesn’t mean students and staff will abandon their spirit for their school. A school spirit float should be decked out in the school colors and embody the great spirit everyone has for their school. The Custom Trailer Decorating Kit is the perfect way to get started with this idea. This float should also have a personalized banner announcing the name of the club or group that is sponsoring the float. Of course, any great parade float is accompanied by people passing out candy. Have everyone involved in this float wear their favorite spirit attire and pass out candy to parade watchers along the road.

Senior Stars 

Seniors are clearly the stars of the parade, as it will mark their final event before graduation. If your 7h136csenior class has its own colors, decorate the float in those, or use the school colors. Depending on the size of the Senior class, consider writing each Senior’s name on a star, that way everyone is involved! Don’t forget the star banner, announcing the Senior class as the official “stars” of the parade.


The legendary city of Atlantis can be the most legendary float in the parade. Decorate your float in beautiful underwater colors like blue and turquoise. And don’t forget Atlantis staples like seahorses and chariots. Have members of the club or team dress up like their favorite sea creatures and have them blow bubbles so parade watchers will get the full underwater feel of Atlantis.

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It could be the marching band, jazz band, choir, or those who participated in the musical. Music is everywhere at school, and a music mania float is simple and fun to do. Go with a black-and-white theme but add an exciting accent color like red or hot pink. Decorate your float with music note balloons and your accent color. If students don’t want to play their actual instruments, play some rock ‘n’ roll music and have participants jam out on their inflatable instruments. Everyone loves music, and a music float is sure to bring smiles to parade watchers.

Step Back in Time

Even in the 1920’s students were excited for school to let out for the summer, and with the upcoming movie release of The Great Gatsby, a Roaring 20’s themed float will definitely impress the student body. Have participants in this float wear their favorite flapper outfits and 20’s gangster clothes. Decorate the float in your favorite bright colors, and then place silhouettes of dancing couples from the 20’s in front. Be sure and have your favorite jazz music playing so the float will really come to life.

The right costumes, decorations and music can make any float spectacular for an end-of-the-year parade at school. What are some favorite “School’s Out” parade floats you’ve seen?


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Graduation Float Ideas

Posted by paradefloats on March 19, 2012

Your graduate has accomplished so much. It’s time to celebrate!  Having a parade allows neighbors and friends to join in the fun. It’s not that difficult to put together a graduation float and parade and what a wonderful memory it will make.

Design the Graduation Float

Decorate the car with a graduation decorating kit.  This kit includes a banner, bunting, a sign, and garland streamers.  Place the banner on the sides of the car, and attach the streamers to the antenna, the handles, and the doors.   Think ahead about what vehicle will pull the trailer.  Make sure it is heavy enough and has the right hitch!

Choose your trailer carefully.  It needs to be road-worthy (legal) as well as stable.  You don’t want your graduate to fall!

Decorate Your Graduation Float

Some people use indoor/outdoor carpet for the bottom of the trailer since that gives a more secure footing.  But a more economical approach would be to use poly vinyl rolls in school colors.  Using a staple gun, attach the sheeting to the floor of the trailer.  Parade float materials like vinyl fringe can be placed on the sides of the trailer.  Leave at least 1 foot (and preferably 15 inches) from the bottom of the fringe to the ground.  This provides clearance and ensures nothing gets caught as you are driving.

To cover the joint between the sheeting and the fringe, either use dark blue vinyl festooning (fringe twistees) or red, white, and blue vinyl festooning.

The graduate can either sit or stand.  But either way, be sure that your graduate is safe!  Have handles or something solidly attached so that there are no tumbles if the float has to stop or turn.

Invite Family and Friends to the Graduation Parade and Celebrate!

Is it a parade if no one is watching?  Gather the crowd by sending graduation invitations, and put up some custom yard signs marking the way.  Pass out graduation balloons and get ready to watch that float go by.

Have your graduate wave to the crowd from the graduation float and then gather for some food and fun.

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Graduation Parades Parents Love

Posted by paradefloats on March 27, 2011

Graduation is a time to celebrate a milestone accomplishment! No one is more proud of their graduate than the parents! Have a graduation parade float to honor this important moment.

Decorate the base of your graduation float using the grad giant decorating kit. This great kit includes: a congrats grad sign banner, a congrats grad bunting with graduation caps, a gold, silver and black plastic fringe garland, and a gold, silver and black pennant banner. Cover the floor of the trailer with black/gold school color floral sheeting.

Create a festive look with the radiant balloon arch. The balloon arch is 9 feet long by 9 feet wide. Decorate with a two balloon combination color scheme. Use gold, silver, or black balloons or create an arch with school colors to add dimension to the float. Mark this momentous occasion with a giant clock decoration standee to represent the passage of time and the transition that graduates are making toward a new venture. Add columns and ferns to use as fillers.

The most important focal points on this float are the graduates themselves. Recruit a group of graduates to be on the float dressed in their graduation caps and gowns!

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