The Fourth of July is synonymous with fireworks, colorful celebrations and of course, awesome parade floats. Floats not only look fantastic and add to the party atmosphere, they also send a message to onlookers. Finding the right idea for your float is often a tricky task. Help is at hand--shops are overflowing with a multitude of "Fourth of July" decorations during summer, making decorating your float a little easier.
After deciding on a theme, you can begin the basic decorating of the float. Make a sheet for the deck and a skirt to trim the edges, which will also hide the wheels. The sheet and the skirt can be made from red, white and blue tablecloths, or even plastic sheets, readily available to buy. Use bunting or other decorative fringing material to festoon the float and hide the joints and wheels.
Capturing the imagination of the crowd requires some ingenuity in the design of your float. The Fourth of July symbolizes patriotism, so a float best representing the freedom of the United States of America is key to eliciting "wows" from the crowd. Consider recreating a historical scene, such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Keeping It Simple
Often, the key to creating a fabulous float lies in keeping it simple. "Local Legacies: Celebrating Community Roots" have, in the past, used an eagle hatching from an egg, while holding the United States flag in its beak. The message is simple and timeless: "Celebrating the birth of our nation." Get the local community involved in making a giant egg made from chicken wire, available at most hardware stores, and covered in white plastic sheeting. The eagle can be made from papier mache, or chicken wire covered in tissue poms. Decorate the rest of the float using an abundance of patriotic flags, balloons, banners and streamers.
Ask members of the community to dress up as Lady Liberty and/or Uncle Sam. Alternatively, make a Statue of Liberty using chicken wire stuffed with metallic colored or gray tissue paper poms. Make the torch from papier mache or gold poms. For extra "wow" factor, make the statue as tall as you possibly can and accompany it with a giant United States flag made from chicken wire and red, white and blue tissue poms. Decorate the rest of the float with giant firecrackers made from painted carpet tubes. Balloons, banners, streamers and bunting add the finishing touch to an already spirited design. Adding that extra bit of sparkle is easy if money is no object; simply visit a party supply store or go online to order an array of props to create a spectacular visual image.
Say It With Words
The "awesome" Fourth of July floats tell stories through carefully chosen slogans or phrases. "Parade Floats: Tips and Ideas to Build Exciting Parade Floats" suggest a selection of such phrases: "United We Stand," "Ignite the Spirit of America" and "Stars and Stripes Forever" are just a few examples. Imagination and thought-provoking sentiment will help you decide on an appropriate slogan for your float.
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