How to Make a Parade Float

Parades are best known for festive themed parade floats. Some of the most famous parades in the world, such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the various parades for Mardi Gras, involve parade floats and decorations that cost thousands of dollars. Fortunately, you don't have to pay that much to make an impressive parade float yourself.

First, you need to pick a theme. Many parades have a Parade Chairman or some authority that you need to register with. Let them know what the theme of your float is so they can approve it. They are also good references if you need some ideas. Sometimes a mascot or company colors can be appropriate, but you can pick anything you want as long as it is eye-catching.

The major part of any parade float is the frame. This supports the additional decorations and provides the basic shape of the float. The easiest option is to use is a flat trailer that you can disguise, although some may be ambitious enough to build a frame of chicken wire and wood that can fit over a vehicle. Once the frame has been built and tested for stability, you can start decorating.

Fringe and bunting are most commonly used to decorate a float, and can be found in many stores that supply wedding and event decorations. With a little planning ahead, you can find the best deals online and have it shipped. Some regular stores may also carry the supplies you need, depending on the time of year. Mardi Gras decorations are easily found around the proper time of year. Similarly, Christmas and Fourth of July decorations are abundant in the proper seasons.

Use your own ingenuity to save money when planning your float. For instance, if your float needs flowers, look up instructions on how to make your own tissue paper flowers. Sheeted plywood can make a great base for a backdrop. If you aren't artistic yourself, find a local aspiring artist. Don't forget to either spell out your company or group name on the side, or make a sign to let people know who you are. When you are finished, take a test run to make sure that you have sufficient power to pull the float as well as making sure everything is tacked down well enough.

Overall, the most important element is to make your parade float a feast for the eyes and a vibrant representation of your group or business.

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