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Build a Red Carpet, Hollywood Parade Float

Posted by paradefloats on February 1, 2013

With the right colors, materials and props, you can build a dazzling “red carpet” style Hollywood parade float that will leave onlookers happily star-struck.

Laying Out the Red Carpet
For a red carpet float you’ll want – you guessed it! – a foundation that is primarily red. There are several ways to do red, however. A classic deck covering is floral sheeting, which lends plenty of texture and comes in vinyl or metallic versions. You might also select sheet mylar or cracked ice rolls, depending on how you want your “carpet” to catch and reflect the light.

You can continue a monochrome look on the skirt and below it or you can change it up with black, gold or silver float decorations such as floral garland, festooning and fringe.

Twinkling Hollywood Theme Kits
Yes, we are talking about taking props outdoors if your climate and season allow it. Hollywood props theme kits can save oodles of time and work just fine if well-chosen and well treated.

For corrugated props such as arches and columns, be sure you know which designs are printed on both/all sides or just one, and select according to the envisioned float setup. Then think about how to reinforce and anchor these props against the rigors of outdoor travel using utility OSB board and other inexpensive materials and fasteners. The Hollywood Pizazz arch from the Deluxe Set the Stage Hollywood party kit is an example of an arch (printed on both sides) that will need special care to travel well – but it’s oh, so worth it for the 10-foot visual splendor of this piece! The 3D giant popcorn box that comes with Set the Stage is also a hit wherever it goes.

Another Hollywood set we really like for a red carpet float is the Hollywood Glamour kit, shown above. The large, reusable props include a circle arch and square column of fabric-covered metal frames and a huge Hollywood marquee-style vinyl banner. We especially like these pieces for a twilight parade because you can add twinkle lights to them and easily incorporate other lighted decorations such as 3D wire stars or palm trees.

Finishing the Float – and Yourselves
Once you’ve selected your large float decorations, explore other Hollywood decorations such as our special Hollywood mylar balloons, and don’t miss the Hollywood party apparel! Look your most mah-velous for the parade, Dah-lings, in top hats or boas, brandishing canes or golden Hollywood-style award statuettes.


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Create a New Year’s Day Parade Float

Posted by paradefloats on December 1, 2011

New Year’s Day is a day filled with excitement and anticipation as people gather with friends, family, and as a community to celebrate the upcoming year. Ring in the New Year with a unique parade float design, a quality selection of parade float supplies, and a fantastic, dedicated crew of float decorators this year. Get started creating a dramatic scene for your New Year’s Day parade float with the following original ideas:

Stars on Broadway Float
Parade float supplies are just the ticket for decorating the bottom of a float trailer. Use a snazzy black with silver stars metallic fringe for a glitzy effect around the entire trailer. Trim the top edge of the fringe with metallic holographic twistees garland. Add to the color palate by attaching your choice of brightly colored floral sheeting onto the floor of the float.

Raise the focal point of your float by placing a pair of stars on Broadway debut entrance pieces at one end of the float. For more height, add a pair of stars on Broadway columns to the décor. Attach a big, bold Broadway sign in between the columns to increase the dramatic flair and enhance the ambiance of the float.

Recruit several float participants to ride along on the parade route as Broadway stars and dress them up in fancy costumes complete with feathered boas and top hats. To give the crowd a thrill and fill in unoccupied spaces, choose a few Hollywood standees to set up that boost the Broadway star theme of your float.

Ski Lodge Float
Turn your New Year’s Day float into a ski lodge retreat by blasting your float with a multitude of cool winter decorations. Start decorating your float by attaching blue and white fringe around the base of the trailer for a wintry look. Next, cover the floor of the trailer with shimmering white floral sheeting, which gives it a snowy effect. Then position a whimsical ski lodge arch at one end of the float with groupings of snowy pine tree standees creating a pathway down the float. Another attractive winter decoration is the winter luminescent column, embellished with a snowflake Mylar balloon, and silver cracked ice streamers. Standing snowflakes with iridescent glitter make great fillers for added decorations. A park bench or seating area is also a great idea to include on the float.

Enlist fun and lively friends and family to dress up as avid winter sport enthusiasts equipped with skis, snowboards, and snowshoes. On the opposite end of the float include a happy snowman standee to join a group of kids having a snowball fight. Use several Styrofoam balls as the snowball props. Have everyone dress in winter apparel, including hats, scarves, boots, and winter coats.

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More Parade Float Slogan Ideas

Posted by paradefloats on July 7, 2010

Once you’ve chosen (or been given) a parade float theme, it’s time to select a slogan to fit that theme. You’ll want to display the slogan with spelled-out pomps, styrofoam letters or vinyl banners.

Halloween Float Slogan Ideas
Here Lies the Bulldog
Cooking Up a Victory
Tiger Eyes Are Watching
A Web of Defeat
The Great “Cougar” Patch
All Bulldogs Don’t Go to Heaven
Scream for a Victory
Here Lies the Mustangs
Buffy the “Cardinal” Slayer
You’re Not in Kansas Anymore
Betwitch the Panthers
We’re Baaack!
Bury the Rams
Haunt the Eagles
Boo – You’re Dead!
Scare Up a Victory
Trick or Defeat!
Tigers Don’t Have a Ghost of a Chance!

Hollywood Float Slogan Ideas
Reel in the Tigers
Clap the Cougars
We Are the Stars!
Bears Are the Stars
Spotlight on the Bulldogs
And the Winner Is … Us
Sink the Lions – It Won’t Be a Titanic Loss
Box Office Blowout
Directing Our Way to Victory
Now Starring … the Lions
Roll Out the Red Carpet for the Mustangs

Space Float Slogan Ideas
One Small Step for Man … One Giant Step for the Eagles
The Cougars Are Lost in Space
The Universe Is Ours
4, 3, 2, 1 … Win!
Launch the Tigers
Blast ‘Em!
We’re Outta This Universe
Throw ‘Em In the Black Hole
Out of This World
Mission to a Victory
Put ‘Em Into Orbit

Fairy Tale Float Slogan Ideas
Throw the Knights in the Dungeon
Rack ‘Em
Stretch ‘Em
Cast a Spell on the Chargers
Throw the Dogs in the Moat
The Sky Is the Limit
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, the Cougars Are Gonna Win ‘Em All!
A Dream for a Wildcat
The Clock Strikes Midnight – Goodnight Mustangs!
Happily Ever After a Cougar Victory

Homecoming Theme Slogans
Bring It On
Get your Game on
Blast from the Past
Mission: Impossible
Raisin’ the Roof
Phantom Menace
Who Let the Dogs Out
Crunch Time
Rules of Engagement
Remember the Titans
Take ‘Em by Storm
Taking Out the Trash

In addition to checking out our line of parade float decorations, be sure to shop by theme party for great props, too!

The original Parade Float Slogan Ideas

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