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Awe-Inspiring Christmas Parade Float Ideas

Posted by paradefloats on October 16, 2012

If you’re planning a Christmas parade float this year, you’ve come to the right place for ideas and tips.

Christmas Parade Float Themes
As you know, the basic Christmas categories are the Nativity or Santa. However, other themes geared to winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) are usually acceptable, too. An ice castle or snowman theme, or those related to winter sports and pastimes such as skiing or sledding can use wintry colors but with Christmas-y accent colors. Savvy use of metallics on a float gives a nod to the holiday as well as the season.

Christmas Float Basics
To us, one of the most exciting developments in winter float decorations has been the introduction of snowflake floral sheeting. We think you’ll love it for a float deck or decoration that looks like it’s blanketed in snow or ice.

Of course, there are several other ways to suggest snowy or icy goodness. You could use white, iridescent or even silver floral sheeting for your snow-blanketing needs depending on the look you’re going for.

Next, select coordinating materials to finish covering the trailer. An earlier Parade Floats Christmas post includes a guide to the amounts of floral sheeting, festooning and fringe you’ll need for proper coverage.

Christmas Theme Props
In a climate of generally good weather, Christmas theme kits such as Nativity and Sugar Plum make it easy to decorate a float with large, colorful cardboard Christmas props that will essentially just need bracing and securing.

Our new giant 36” greeting cards are terrific for featuring the photos of team members and float sponsors.

A less-than-dependable climate – or when you need durable items that will store year after year – calls for decorative items made of different materials. You can still build a winter wonderland, but select wire snowflakes and snowmen made of corex; and you may want to surround your gingerbread house with corex gingerbread men and our party candy set that has wooden bases and cellophane covers.

Do also take a peek in reusable decorations, especially for wire structures and artificial trees, and check Christmas backgrounds and banners for sturdy vinyl backdrops and signs.

Once you selected the right props and signs, what’s left to consider is your imagination in pulling it all together. Speaking of which, check out some cool pics from the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade in Tempe, Arizona. Now, that’s what we call floating your boat – or is it boating your float?

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Create a New Year’s Day Parade Float

Posted by paradefloats on December 1, 2011

New Year’s Day is a day filled with excitement and anticipation as people gather with friends, family, and as a community to celebrate the upcoming year. Ring in the New Year with a unique parade float design, a quality selection of parade float supplies, and a fantastic, dedicated crew of float decorators this year. Get started creating a dramatic scene for your New Year’s Day parade float with the following original ideas:

Stars on Broadway Float
Parade float supplies are just the ticket for decorating the bottom of a float trailer. Use a snazzy black with silver stars metallic fringe for a glitzy effect around the entire trailer. Trim the top edge of the fringe with metallic holographic twistees garland. Add to the color palate by attaching your choice of brightly colored floral sheeting onto the floor of the float.

Raise the focal point of your float by placing a pair of stars on Broadway debut entrance pieces at one end of the float. For more height, add a pair of stars on Broadway columns to the décor. Attach a big, bold Broadway sign in between the columns to increase the dramatic flair and enhance the ambiance of the float.

Recruit several float participants to ride along on the parade route as Broadway stars and dress them up in fancy costumes complete with feathered boas and top hats. To give the crowd a thrill and fill in unoccupied spaces, choose a few Hollywood standees to set up that boost the Broadway star theme of your float.

Ski Lodge Float
Turn your New Year’s Day float into a ski lodge retreat by blasting your float with a multitude of cool winter decorations. Start decorating your float by attaching blue and white fringe around the base of the trailer for a wintry look. Next, cover the floor of the trailer with shimmering white floral sheeting, which gives it a snowy effect. Then position a whimsical ski lodge arch at one end of the float with groupings of snowy pine tree standees creating a pathway down the float. Another attractive winter decoration is the winter luminescent column, embellished with a snowflake Mylar balloon, and silver cracked ice streamers. Standing snowflakes with iridescent glitter make great fillers for added decorations. A park bench or seating area is also a great idea to include on the float.

Enlist fun and lively friends and family to dress up as avid winter sport enthusiasts equipped with skis, snowboards, and snowshoes. On the opposite end of the float include a happy snowman standee to join a group of kids having a snowball fight. Use several Styrofoam balls as the snowball props. Have everyone dress in winter apparel, including hats, scarves, boots, and winter coats.

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Love Your Valentine’s Parade Float

Posted by paradefloats on February 10, 2011

Everyone is going to love your Valentine’s parade float! Make your float fun and romantic using fantastic Valentine’s Day decorations.


Cover the floor of your parade float with white floral sheeting. Floral sheeting rolls are 3 feet wide and sold by the yard. Next, around the edge of the trailer, tack up red & white floral sheeting. To finish off the bottom, add a little flair with red metallic fringe . The metallic sheeting is cut into narrow strips and secured to a white strip. The metallic fringe is 14 inches tall by 10 feet long.

Valentine Parade Float Decorations
Create levels of love! Start with a whimsical sweetheart arch. The sweetheart arch is 10 feet high by 5 feet wide, and can be personalized with a special message. EZ tabs allow for easy arch assembly. Then in front of the sweetheart arch, place the irresistibly cute, kissing Valentine’s Day child and adult silhouettes. Next to the arch, create a heart-felt, romantic scene with heart’s magic standees. These standees come in three different sizes including: one 13″ high by 13″ wide, one 20″ high by 18″ wide, and one 26″ high by 24″ wide.
At the other end of the float, build a triangle of columns with two follow your heart pedestals in the background, and one love column in the forefront. The follow your heart pedestals are 6′ high by 2′ 2″ wide freestanding cardboard columns and they are covered with shiny hearts. The love column spells out the word love with the letters built on top of each other, creating a vertical column. This 3-D love column stands 7 ½’ tall and 14″ wide. Finish off your Valentine’s parade float with romantic silk rose petal decorations scattered all across the floor of the float.

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