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Create a Knight Mascot Float for School Spirit Parades

Posted by paradefloats on May 6, 2009

knight-mascot-float-componentsWhether your mascot is a knight or you’re having a renaissance themed parade, create a knight mascot float! Check out these tips for how-to’s.

The float is built on an 8’ x 16′farm wagon with the back removed. A similar size trailer, used to move small construction equipment, might be borrowed from a local construction company. The float also might be built on the back of a flat bed truck.

A light wooden frame, made of #2 1 x 3 pine surrounds the wagon. The frame extends from the top of the wagon bed to 15” from the ground. You can find wood for the frame at your local lumberyard. A basic frame this size requires approximately 140’ of lumber.

Waterproof, flame-proof floral sheeting is stapled to the frame. This size float requires 16 yards of Vinyl floral sheeting for the sides. Use floral sheeting in black or in stripes of your school colors! The floor requires another 15 yards of floral sheeting. To calculate how much floral sheeting you need for your float, measure the distance around in feet and divide by three to get the yardage. Floral sheeting is sold in square yards. Floral sheeting is made of a heavy plastic backing sheet with rows of sewn-on scalloped plastic flower petal shapes.

14″ high metallic red or black fringe (or use your school colors) is stapled to the bottom of the frame where the Floral Sheeting stops. Fringe is available in 10’ long packages. This size float requires five, 10′ packages of metallic fringe.

Red or black festooning outlines the sides of the float. Festooning is available in 48′ long rolls. This size float requires three, 48′ rolls of festooning. The floral sheeting, festooning and fringe are all made of the same plastic material (waterproof, fade-proof and flameproof) and reusable for another float at another time.

The Styrofoam letters or numbers are 8″ high, and can be used to add your slogan to the side of the float. You can paint them with inexpensive interior latex paint or leave them white. Be sure to add another board, such as plywood, to your frame under the Floral Sheeting. Just use small nails to fasten the letters to the board. As an alternative, hot glue the letters to the floral sheeting.

Next, add our Knight Mascot Float Components, which includes three murals perfect for displaying school spirit on your float. The 4’10” high x 9’10” wide murals feature your wording and a fierce knight design. There’s also a knight-shaped mural for an extra cool look.

Have a silver knight mascot riding your float and tossing out spirit beads or knight temporary tattoos. It would also be fun to have someone dressed up as the other team’s mascot and have your knight slaying them!

Send us pictures of your Knight Mascot Float!


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