Ah, Oktoberfest, the German beer festival that is often celebrated in the month of October, although in Munich, Germany it is a 16-18 day festival held at the end of September to the beginning of October. This year enjoy Oktoberfest with a Bavarian beer garden atmosphere for your Oktoberfest parade float. This festival is all about the beer, the food, and the music. Take note of these great tips for your float:
Parade Float Materials
Start decorating the Bavarian beer garden float with a wide selection of parade float materials, including blue and white fringe to keep in line with the traditional blue and white colors commonly associated with Oktoberfest. Finish off the fringe with white festooning material to soften up the look of the edge of the trailer. A great alternative covering around the edge of the trailer is to use Oktoberfest fabric bunting, just attach the bunting so it does not drag on the ground. Cover the floor of the trailer with rock wall patterned flat paper to simulate a gravel-like ground cover that typically covers the floor at a beer garden.
Set up an entrance to the beer garden with an Oktoberfest themed arch. The Oktoberfest arch features a blue and white harlequin pattern with an impressive beer stein and a shield accenting the sides of the arch. Personalize the top of the arch with the Oktoberfest wording of your choice. Incorporate Oktoberfest banners onto the float to highlight your float. Place a German band standee on one end of the float to add some humor and interest.
Beer Garden Set Up
Put a few wooden picnic tables on the float as the seating for the beer garden, as this is characteristic of a beer garden setting. Dress the tables with an Oktoberfest table cover and matching Oktoberfest tableware. Provide plenty of steins for drinking, and circle an Oktoberfest centerpiece with beer candles. For a charming effect, place a few city lamp posts near the tables.
Oktoberfest Float Participants
Solicit servers for your beer garden and outfit them with various Oktoberfest party apparel, such as the yodeler hat & Oktoberfest vest for male servers and the plastic Fraulein vests for female servers. Seat customers with Oktoberfest party passes at the tables to pretend to eat, drink, and act lively. Dress up a select number of float riders in Salzburg festival children’s costumes, a Hansel costume, and an Elsa the milkmaid costume. In lieu of real people in costume, place Oktoberfest standees on your float near the entrance of the arch and anywhere you want to draw the crowd’s attention. Consider tossing Oktoberfest beer mug beads or mini individual bags of pretzels into the crowd of parade watchers.