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Five Theme Ideas to Kick Start Your St. Patrick’s Day Float

Posted by paradefloats on November 7, 2012

It’s not too early to start brainstorming themes for your St. Patrick’s Day parade float for 2013.

St. Paddy’s Themes in General
Sometimes a general parade theme or slogan is set for you. Kansas City is a community that does it this way; check it out. A good general theme will be open to plenty of interpretation so it should not interfere with creativity.

General Irish themes that are the most popular include hospitality, heritage and folklore. Since all of these tie into Irish and Irish-American culture, chances are that whatever strengths you have to contribute to a float – for example, accomplished musicians – you’ll easily be able to brainstorm a parade float that works with the general theme.

Irish Parade Float Themes for 2013
As promised, here are five theme ideas to help get the ideas flowing. We’ve numbered them, but they are in no particular order of preference.

1. Irish Family Affair. Highlight your heritage with a float identifying the clan that claims the Irish branch of your family tree. Construct the crest, tartan, and other symbols, and splash the family name across Irish event banners.

2. Leprechaun Laughter. Sure, there are plenty of other Irish folklore characters, but probably none as kid-friendly as the leprechaun. Incorporate rainbow party supplies, and recruit a wee one to pop up from out of a well-anchored large plastic cauldron and toss chocolate gold coins to the crowd.

Plush Leprechaun Hat with Beard3. Shamrock Shenanigans. This is a classic Irish parade float idea based on an enduring symbol of Ireland and appropriate décor for most participating organizations. Don’t be afraid to put a modern or unusual twist on it, though, for example by mixing the traditional Kelly green with a bright neon or citrus shade. Want inspiration? Make a trip to Green Party Supplies.

4. Castle Capers. Ireland is covered with ruined, conserved and reconstructed castles, so building a float using castle theme supplies or fairytale backgrounds is as Irish an idea as using its flag. Inhabit the “castle” with “residents” wearing period dress, if possible.

5. It’s a Pub Life. This is a fantastic float for a group with a close association to social times spent at the neighborhood pub, such as a traditional musical group or a rugby team. Construct it with a large table, St. Patrick’s party props such as the pub arch entrance shown above right, and bunches of beer mug mylar balloons.

St. Patrick’s Parade Float Basics
The start to anything worthwhile is a good foundation. No matter what theme your group ultimately decides on, materials from Parade Float Decorations such as floral sheeting, fringe and festooning will help to give your St. Patrick’s Day Float a polished, professional look.

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Build Lucky, Irish Parade Floats!

Posted by paradefloats on February 7, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Float Ideas

Luck O’ the Irish, good people, and a wee bit of St. Patrick’s Day party decorations are sure to do the trick when creating a twinkling and magical effect on any Irish parade float, merrily gliding down Main Street in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Onlookers will be green with envy at the oversized, hanging banner, decked out in leprechauns and shamrocks, displaying a proud Irish heritage with a classic bit of humor.

Not to be the center of attraction, Irish parade floats will require more than banners to get the people’s attention. Real people, dressed up in fun Irish themed fan apparel, can toast the crowd with a large assortment of St. Patrick’s Day party favors, tossing candy and spirit beads to all the friendly folks.

Here’s a community group that won first place for building a replica of the local hospital.  The group’s members dressed up in Irish green wearables and costume accessories and they distributed bulk candy to kids.

Gleaming shimmera and metallic decorating fabrics will capture the sparkle of the sun, radiating twinkles and light throughout the marvelous parade.

Dazzled by float members waving custom poms and cheering on the crowd, St. Patrick’s Day Parade attendees are certain to be delighted, because Irish parade float ideas are plentiful indeed.

Your St Patrick’s day float can be simple or elaborate, but your enthusiasm is always the pot of gold!

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