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Mardi Gras Parade Floats for 2012

Posted by paradefloats on January 17, 2012

Mardi Gras 2012 is just around the corner and so are the dazzling parades, which have been the main event of the carnival season for centuries.  Mardi Gras 2012 is February 21.  It takes place annually on the Tuesday before Lent, a Christian time of fasting and penance. The colors of Mardi Gras: green, purple and gold, are symbolic for justice, faith and power respectively. Spirit beads in these colors are plentiful, during the grand celebration, where amazing floats delight large crowds, lining city streets to awe at invigorating parades, and be energized by lively and welcoming surroundings.

Mardi Gras parade floats are a steadfast tradition of the season; they are often created with dynamic designs, using a wide assortment of elaborate Mardi Gras party supplies.

Mardi Gras floats are not simply reserved for parades, however. They can be tailor made in many sizes. Children’s wagons and even shoe boxes can be transformed into miniature floats that can be used in neighborhood block parties, local park celebrations, or as Mardi Gras decorations for private parties.

No matter what the design, theme or size of this year’s Mardi Gras parade float, some classic elements are sure add a touch of flair and excitement to any Mardi Gras celebration in 2012.

Crafters should begin by covering the base of their Mardi Gras float with background materials. Decorating fabric, burlap, gossamer fabric and corrugated paper transform parade float bases into works of art. Scene setters come in handy when time for creating parade floats is limited.

Once the background is in place, custom Mardi Gras banners, mascots and a various assortment of party balloons should be added to the Mardi Gras parade float. Mardi Gras props including masks, jazz musicians and large, custom 2012 standees transform ordinary parade floats into traditional Mardi Gras masterpieces. Add some metallic curtains or a bit of fringe as a finishing touch, toss a few strands of colorful Mardi Gras spirit beads about, and Mardi Gras 2012 will be one that is happily remembered, every time Mardi Gras is celebrated.


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Neighborhood Parades— Start A Tradition!

Posted by paradefloats on July 6, 2011

Patriotic Wagon Decorating Kit

Try a Patriotic Wagon Decorating Kit. Little ones love having their own wagon decorated for the neighborhood parade!

Neighborhood Parades- Start A Tradition!
A Neighborhood Parade Flashback:

An elevated twitter of excitement was in the air as each person prepared his or bike for the neighborhood parade tradition. The Michigan summer sun was bright and welcoming. The neighborhood kids were gathering around their old-style, banana-seat bikes with red, white, and blue streamers. They began weaving the colors through the spokes on their wheels and attaching them to the ends of their handlebars. A boy attached some playing cards to his spokes and they made a cool clickety sound as he rode around the street. An adult was handing out balloons to attach to the bikes. Everyone was excited!

Even today, some 30-plus years later, a neighborhood parade is something that kids love to participate in. You can start a new neighborhood parade tradition if your neighborhood doesn’t already have one. Here are some ideas to help you begin:

  • Your neighborhood association can pick a theme to accompany a long weekend holiday, such as Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, and lay out the parade route.
  • Send out flyers letting everyone know the date of the parade and whether it’s held rain or shine. Include the time and place for judging as well as the parade start time.
  • Invite neighbors to volunteer as judges for the neighborhood parade and to help set up.
  • Use golf carts, bikes, scooters, and wagons. Invite people to walk, roller blade, or stroll their babies.
  • Have some people dress up as clowns carrying balloons to give to children or squirt guns to “refresh” parade watchers on a hot day.
  • Give prizes to all the kids who participate!

Celebrating the New Neighborhood Parade Tradition

At the end of the parade, pass out awards for the best decorated transportation, the best costume, the best decorated pet, the best decorated baby doll and carriage (or stroller), the oldest and the youngest parade participants, etc. Then have simple refreshments like freezer bars and lemonade, or have a neighborhood block party. Set up a few long tables and neighbors can bring pot luck dishes to share. Offer face painting, a fun piñata, corn hole toss, and other kids party games to keep the fun going!

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