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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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Flashback to the Twenties – Great Gatsby, Flapper Girls, and Your Mansion Float

Posted by paradefloats on December 7, 2012

Ah, the Roaring Twenties, a time of good music, partying, and in general a fun time. Everyone in that time period was always looking for that next big party or the next big show. It was a time of American prosperity. At the big parade this year, show how much you admire the philosophies of the Roaring Twenties with a Gatsby Float! The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts such philosophies and tells a story of mansions, flapper girls, and love. Recreate a Gatsby party right on your float for the parade.

Float Decorating: The Basics

Use Spray Glue to Hold the Materials to the Float!

Use Spray Glue to Hold the Materials to the Float!

Before you can deck out your float with awesome flapper girls, costumes, and party scenes, the float needs some basic decorating. A scene on top of a bare trailer is not very attractive to parade attendees, so you’re going to need some decorations to jazz the trailer up to make your float stand out. A trailer decorating kit is an essential for creating attractive floats. The kit contains plastic fringe and twistee to transform your trailer into a colorful masterpiece. The kit’s contents come in a plethora of colors. Once the float is looking colorful, the floor of the trailer needs some decorating, as well. Cover up the trailer’s floor with floral sheeting so that the entire trailer is covered in float-style material. Finally, as is custom in many parades, candy is thrown so that the children can have something to take home with them after the parade. Pick up some candy so that the kids can be excited to see your float in future parades!

The Flapper Girls

Cigarette Holder

Cigarette Holder

The flapper girls of the Roaring Twenties were iconic to the era. With their dancing and clothing, they challenged the standards of the time. Have you and/or your friends dress up as flapper girls and dance around on the float during the parade! Wrap a large, fuzzy boa that many flappers wore around your neck and use it to dance around on the float. Many flappers wore headbands, as well, accented with feathers and beads. Complete the outfit with a dress and you look exactly like a 1920’s flapper! Add some more partiers in the background with flapper standees, complete with feathers and beads to make them look eccentric. Flapper girls are essential for completing the Roaring Twenties look, so flap it up on your float!

The Party at Gatsby’s Mansion

Finally, it’s time to decorate for the party that’s going to go down on your float. Gatsby’s mansion was one of the finest mansions the Roaring Twenties had to offer that had parties going on constantly, so decorating can be fun and creative. One thing that all parties have in common is music. Music is a cornerstone of some of the craziest parties, and it was definitely present in the Twenties. The 1920’s brought about new forms of music (e.g. jazz), so the jukebox was blaring with some of the latest tunes of the decade. Play some jazz to capture the musical aspect of parties in the Twenties. Place an elegant staircase on the float, similar to what would have been seen in Gatsby’s mansion. Let everyone attending the parade know what your float is all about with a banner with a 1920’s design. Party on, Roaring Twenties-style!

Make sure to see the new Great Gatsby movie coming to theaters in May of 2013!

Make your float a blast from the past by making it in the style of the Roaring Twenties. Your float can be the biggest party in the parade with jazz music, flapper girls, and a fancy mansion party scene. Keep the spirit of the 1920’s alive with your float this year!

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Celebrate Your Freedom with a Festive Float!

Posted by paradefloats on February 28, 2012

Celebrate with Your Fellow Citizens and Friends

Many cities all across the United States have parades for the Fourth of July.  Rightfully so– as citizens we should be proud to celebrate our independence and our freedom.  Have you been asked to participate in a parade and decorate a float?  If you’ve never done it before, you might need a little help…

Where to Start: A Fourth of July Parade Float

The first step should be finding information about building parade floats.  Whether that information comes from a book or a website, as long as it helps you construct your float, it’s valuable.  Next, you’ll need to find a tool kit with which to construct your parade float.  You could simply purchase a patriotic parade float kit if you’re nervous about your decorating skills, but sometimes creating your own ideas can be fun.  When you’ve found your trailer, use patriotic floral sheeting to set the theme.  From there, you can line the bottom of your Fourth of July float or the bottom of your vehicle with red, white, and blue fringe.  The floor of the Fourth of July parade float can be covered with grass mats for your float riders to stand on.  Then you can begin to add other decorations.  If you want to construct a small fence portion or you have a rail around your Fourth of July float, add festive patriotic bunting and twist red, white, and blue festooning around the rail.  Position a life-sized cake prop on your float for the participants to stand around.  Begin adding clusters of balloons at the corners of your Fourth of July float.  This way, the people that ride your Fourth of July float will have something to take home at the end of the parade, or to hand out to kids along the way.

Fourth of July Parade Participants

Whether young or old, everyone wants to participate in a Fourth of July parade.  Give everyone a choice of whether they want to ride on the Fourth of July float or walk behind it in another part of your Fourth of July parade.  Those that participate in the Fourth of July parade should wear jeans or jean shorts and a red, white, or blue shirt.  Then give every participant leis to wear and a choice between pinwheels and flags to carry.  They could also carry mini metal patriotic buckets filled with favors to hand out along the Fourth of July parade route.

Have fun celebrating the Fourth of July with your friends and family.  Whether you’re creating the Fourth of July parade float or simply walking behind the float handing out favors, remember what the holiday means: freedom, independence, and joy.

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