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How Not to Build a Losing, College Parade Float

Posted by paradefloats on August 1, 2013

It could be the Homecoming parade, a city-wide Halloween parade, or even a summer parade that’s showcasing local businesses, including colleges. Whatever the occasion, you surely don’t want to build a losing college parade float.  Wow the crowd and make the parade watchers so excited about your school that they’ll stand up and cheer!

Start with a Theme and a BannerSpiritline
Maybe your float will simply be a celebration of your school, or perhaps you’ll want to focus on one particular group or sport, or even do something way out of the ordinary like an island or vampire theme. Feel free to get creative! Then, present the school’s name and theme of the float on a personalized banner. That way people can really see you coming and eagerly await to see what your float is all about.

It’s All About Color
One way people will recognize you coming down the street is by your school colors. Deck your float out with floral sheeting and fringe in the school colors. After all, you’re proud of your school, so show it by splattering those colors all over your parade float. Make sure everyone participating in the float is dressed in school colors as well. If you’re going with a traditional school spirit theme, have them wear temporary tattoos and carry fan poms to create a crazy spirit-filled atmosphere.

Create a Focal Point
Color and spirit aren’t enough to keep you from creating a losing college parade float. You’ll need a focal point, something that will catch everyone’s eyes and make them say, “Wow!” Maybe it’s a giant football that will attract everyone’s attention, or a big head cutout of the dean. Perhaps it will be your school mascot disco dancing on the float. Whatever it is, make sure it will either impress people or make them laugh.

Don’t Forget About Sound
The most obvious way to create sound for your float is by using the school’s marching band. If that won’t work, or the school doesn’t have one, blast some music from the truck pulling the float. The music can go with your theme, or you can play the school song on repeat. You might also want to alternate playing the school song with some chants from the school cheerleaders.

10szcdytrrGive them Something to Remember
Depending on the reason for your float, you’ll want to hand out something to parade watchers. Create cards for the event with the school’s web address and phone number and hand out to people watching the parade. Of course it wouldn’t hurt to hand out some candy as well. There’s no way your float will be a losing one if you’re handing out goodies to the crowd!

Get the Crowd Involved and They’ll Never Forget You
Whatever you do, get the crowd involved. There’s nothing worse than a parade float with no interaction from the viewers. Get them cheering, clapping, grabbing for candy, anything! Make them feel a part of  your college parade float, and there’s no way anyone will think it’s a losing one.


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Seven Amazing, 2012 Marching Bands to Showcase

Posted by paradefloats on June 12, 2012

Sure the floats are impressive, the candy tasty, the cars shiny, the clowns funny and the kids cute, but what would a parade be without the marching bands? The bands add sound to a parade and give it the appropriate atmosphere.

While America is overflowing with talented high school marching bands, there are seven that really stand out.

Washington Township High School – New Jersey

Name the marching band event, and it’s likely the Minutemen Band from Washington Township High School has been there. While their list of regional and national awards is too long to list, one of their most notable moments was in the 1998 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The band was the first to be completely decorated in 5,000 live flowers and seeds. It put the band on the map and has made it a huge nationally known group.

Ballou Senior High School – Washington, D.C.

Everyone from ABC’s Charles Gibson to the Reverend Jesse Jackson has raved about the Bellaou Senior High School marching band. The band has faced so much adversity coming from an inner-city school that it was the topic of a documentary in 2008. These students have overcome a lot to bring their fans some of the best music in the nation.

Broken Arrow High School – Oklahoma

In 2011, this high school band was named Bands of America Grand National Champion. Imagine the impact they could have on a parade! They compete in approximately five contests each year and always have a busy parade season.

Seminole Warhawk Marching Band – Florida

From performing at a Tampa Bay Devil Rays game, to the Seminole Pow Wow Parade, to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, this band has experience performing in front of large crowds. A two-time Grand Nationals Finalist Band, the Warhawks shouldn’t be overlooked in a list of America’s best high school marching bands.

Lassiter High School – Georgia

In 16 years, the Lassiter marching band has won 50 marching band championships. It has performed for President Reagan and multiple other big-time events in our nation’s capitol.

Santiago High School – California

What’s a parade without the BOSS – Bands of the Santiago Sharks?  The marching band is made up of more than 200 students, including an impressive drumline and color guard. The BOSS will be pretty busy this season, preparing for a performance in the 2013 Rose Parade.

Westlake High School – Texas

The Westlake High School band is one of only 11 bands in the world to win the prestigious Sudler Shield and Sudler Flag. Both are international awards given each year by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. For more than 40 years, this band has been nationally recognized for its outstanding talent.

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Parade Float Ideas for End of School Parades

Posted by paradefloats on May 13, 2011

Celebrate the end of the school year with a parade full of floats from different school organizations, clubs, alumni, and staff. There’s something for everyone, so get those creative juices flowing!

Graduation Floats for Seniors
A graduation float seems fitting for the senior class! Load up on graduation party supplies and decorate your hearts out. Tie down tons of graduation balloons so everyone knows how proud you are. String graduation hanging swirls from one side to the other and be sure to grab some confetti to throw out at the crowd.

Athletics Floats
Sports clubs, teams, or cheerleaders may want to decorate their floats using big game decorations. Nothing would be more fun than to ride that float and making a cacophony of noise using noisemakers and waving cheer poms. What would you throw to the crowd? Mini sports balls, of course!

Alumni Floats
Your school’s alumni will have fun on their float that they decorate with reunion party supplies. To achieve that old school effect, hang a reunion banner in the school colors from one side and blast straight into the past with fun retro decorations. Hang a plastic mirror ball from the top and a use double disco ball on the floor. For added fun wear retro wearables when you spread the peace and love by throwing heart shaped peace sign bracelets.

You don’t have to be super creative or spend lots of cash to have a fabulous float for your school’s parade! Check out all that Shindigz has to offer you, get inspired just by browsing, and create something simply unique.

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