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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Posted by paradefloats on May 26, 2010
The right props and costumes will contribute to a parade float that is “oooh and ahhh”-worthy. Besides providing basic parade float do-it-yourself materials, look to ShindigZ Party to supply just the right finishing touches to dozens of the hottest summer parade themes.
For the red, white and blue themes that accompany the 4th of July season, look for patriotic decorations in materials such as vinyl, corex, and fabrics that will stand up to outdoor use and make great props. Coordinate with star-patterned poly vinyl and embellish with bunting, streamers, flags and stars. Finish with USA tee shirts and Spirit of America party apparel.
Nautical themes call for fish nets and plastic life preservers, anchors and captain’s wheels.
Complete a 1950s theme with parade float riders wearing our adorable poodle skirts and scarves and cat’s-eye glasses.
If your plans are for “luau,” “surfin’ safari” and other beach-related and tropical themes we’ve got plenty of great materials for building props, such as raffia, scene-setter vinyl rolls, even palm leaf thatching! Look also for ready-made props like surfboards and ukuleles, and wearables such as beachcomber hats and grass skirts.
Dress the straw bales or hitching post of a Western theme with barbed wire garland, plastic wagon wheels and steer skulls. We’ve got all the cowboy hats and bandannas you’ll need, too.
For more ideas on these parade float themes, or to find props and costumes for dozens of other themes, start on the theme party supplies page.
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