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Luau Party on Your Island Float

Posted by paradefloats on June 26, 2012

If you can’t bring the parade to the islands, bring the islands to your parade! A luau party on your island float is a fun and exciting way to spend time in a parade. Not only will those involved in the float have a blast, but it should easily bring a smile to those watching the parade. After all, who doesn’t love a good luau?

Palm Trees

A luau party on your island float just isn’t possible without some great palm trees. Palm trees can be displayed on your float in a variety of ways. There are lots of different types of fake palm trees: plastic, inflatable, cardboard, and even paper. No matter what type you use on your float, palm trees are a must.

“Lei” Down the Law

Make it mandatory for your float participants to wear leis. A luau without leis is unheard of. You may even want to consider involving parade watchers and passing out leis. There are so many different types of leis. Some are plastic-feeling in a single color, while others are much more colorful and have more realistic-looking flowers.

Dress the Part

Luaus are all about the costumes. Besides wearing leis, make sure your participants are decked out in tropical costumes. For the men, Hawaiian shirts are a must. They should also wear shorts and sandals or deck shoes. For the ladies, grass skirts are a good idea with some sort of tank top. If appropriate, coconut tops are a good addition as well.

Water Works

Since it would be rather difficult to have actual water on your float, you will have to create it some other way. One way to do this would be by surrounding the bottom of your float with blue and white fringe. The metallic material moves easily and can provide a water-look for the bottom of your float. If you want to create the illusion of water on your actual float, use some blue floral sheeting on the footing of your float or on a background.

The Sounds of the Tropics

Finally, make sure you have some music playing for the luau party on your island float. Consider playing some reggae music or something fun and tropical like Jimmy Buffett. The sounds of steel drums will definitely bring your luau party to life!

Remember that luaus can be a blast, and a tropical float is sure to bring smiles to the faces of parade watchers.


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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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Shop by Theme to Discover Great Summer Parade Float Props & Costumes

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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