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Build a Better 4th of July Float

Posted by paradefloats on June 1, 2013

The 4th of July is On Its Way!

It’s that time of year again! Memorial Day, summer vacation, it all means that the Fourth of July is right around the corner. With the Fourth come the parades—did you make a Fourth of July float for the parade last year? If you did, you’ll definitely want to make this year’s float better than last year’s. Here are a few tips that may help you…

Build Your Float One Step at a Time

Start with the basics—after you’ve found the perfect parade trailer and the right vehicle to pull it, you’ll need to search for the perfect decorations. If you want to go all out, decorate the car to match the trailer! The easiest way will be to getSilver Metallic Fringe a car decorating kit and then focus on more detailed decorations for your float. You could also use a custom trailer decorating kit, but you could also get the individual float supplies, such as metallic or vinyl fringe, tissue festooning, and grass mats. You’ll want red, white, and blue, obviously, but make sure not to overdo it. Try combining it with silver—either use silver metallic fringe or silver festooning, then the other decoration in red, white, and blue. You could, for example, use silver Red White and Blue Festooningmetallic fringe (possibly more than one layer) along the bottom of your float and then twist together a strand each of red, white, and blue festooning to make a larger strand (or use a few strands of the already-combined red, white, and blue festooning), then wrap that around the rail along the trailer. Line the trailer bed with grass mats so the parade participants have something soft to stand on. Once your trailer has the basic decorations, you can have more fun with it.

Making Your Float Better

Now you can have some fun with the decorations. If you want to make a sign for your parade participants to hold during the parade, you’ll need Styrofoam letters. If you don’t want to keep these white, simply paint them with a water-based paint (acrylic, latex house paint, or latex spray paint will work, as long as the label reads H2O). You could paint the letters red and blue and put them on top of a background of white twistees. In addition to the sign, you could place bunches of balloons behind your sign holders.

The participants on the float who aren’t holding the 4th of July sign could either toss candy to parade observers along the route or have a little more fun with the holiday. With proper supervision, you could allow your float participants to have sparklers while you drive the parade route. Your participants could also toss handfuls of confetti into the crowd along the route while others toss the candy.

The most important thing to remember when planning your 4th of July parade float this year is that you want everyone, participants and spectators alike, to have fun at the parade. As long as you’ve accomplished that, your float, the parade, and the holiday have been a great success. Start planning now for the perfect 4th of July float!


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Zumba on Your Fiesta-Themed Parade Float

Posted by paradefloats on April 1, 2013

Some things are too good not to share. Celebrations of Latin American cultures, such as Cinco de Mayo, have grown through the years into traditional community-wide festivals in cities of all sizes.

Zumba is also too good not to share. Promoting a diverse collection of Latin music styles along with fitness, fun and charitable giving, Zumba’s popularity shows no sign of waning.

It’s an inevitable match.

So let’s talk about your float decorations. What you want to think about first are bright colors or even the proverbial “riot” of colors to generate visual energy.

You may well ask if you’ll find the colors you need in basic parade float materials and the answer is yes. Fringe and festooning comes in all your primary colors and with choices of vinyl and metallic versions. Floral sheeting, usually the first choice for covering decks and decorations, gives you even more color options including unusual hues such as hot pink and teal.

The next step is to pick out large props and decorations. How about signage? There are at least four ways to identify your group or slogan in a decorative way, and you’ll want to choose based on budget, time, number of volunteers, re-usability and other factors. They are: pomps, fiesta banners, posters and personalized props.

The Fiesta Arch, shown above at right, is a lovely example of a prop in bright colors that can carry a message. Printed on both sides, you won’t have to worry about orienting it just so on the float; and with a height of nine feet, everyone will see the text. While it may require anchoring and some internal bracing, this made-to-order piece is a big, beautiful time-saver over building from scratch.

Pull motifs from your arch to complete the presentation. Mylar balloons in the shape of musical notes, maracas props and wearable sombreros from the Fiesta store are examples of additional decorations that will help pull the look together.

From there, it’s time to add sound and movement to your visual feast. Will your Zumba team actually dance on the float? It could be that building and using stanchions will meet safety regulations, or that the dancers will perform alongside the float and leave the riders to something tamer. If you haven’t already, check with the parade authority as soon as possible and plan accordingly.

Will you be building a parade float for Cinco de Mayo or other Latin American festival coming up soon? Let us know in comments!

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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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