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Schools, organizations, and businesses often participate in parades for homecoming and holidays. Part of the fun and sometimes the stress is coming up with an idea for your float. This is a guide about parade float ideas.



Here are questions related to Parade Float Ideas.

Question: Parade Float Ideas for Veterinary Clinic

I am looking for ideas for a small town parade float with the theme "Old Values New Ideas" for a veterinarian clinic.

By michael72501 from WY


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By Mary Ross [3]06/30/2009

For the old values, new ideas you might have some older animals that are up for adoption. Many people reject older animals as an option when looking for pets. If you have any geriatric patients, have them on board or walking around the float. If you have a behaviorist, show that old dogs can indeed learn new tricks.

Question: "Shining the Light on Christmas" Parade Float Ideas

I work for my local animal shelter and we need help figuring out how to decorate a Christmas parade float with the theme that is picked out and incorporating the dogs and cats. Our Christmas parade theme is "Shining the Light on Christmas". Any ideas on how we can make this float?

Ginger from Cleveland, MS


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By bobbi11/20/2008

Ok, I've put a lot of thought into this one. It would take a bit of effort but would be totally the highlight of the parade. You would need 5 large pieces of plexi-glass, drill holes (about 1") all around it(at least 10 in each panel), you would need to make a box out of them (they would have to be melted together and of course would not have a bottom (it would fit over their decorated small cages that would be sitting on a "stage" under the plexi-glass. This would simulate a storefront and you could even make a storefront scene. Have children kneeling outside the "window" looking in at them and a few parents. decorate the float to simulate a street(something like you would see on a Norman Rockwell print) have a spot light shining down on the animals (simulate this with a streetlight or simply use a spotlight attached to your "storefront" use snow outside on the street.

Question: Ideas For Float Themed "Everyone Is Family"

Our local community has a parade in the summer with the theme "Everyone Is Family". Any ideas for a simple float? Thanks so much.

Di from Colorado

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By Kim Churchman [3]06/14/2008

Use a flatbed trailer, put a carpet on it, dining room table, and create a scene of a family dinner. Use real people with dinner napkins tucked into their shirts, exaggerated hairdos, anything dramatic. Make a huge pot of big-gauge spaghetti, and show the Mom dishing up a big swinging blob of spaghetti (fake?) If you can use a generator, put it into a cabinet and set a TV on the cabinet with a movie in it of family scenes like 'Lassie'. You could do present-day or '50's. I guess you would not want to do a parody of the family, but instead celebrate genuine family good times.

Question: Parade Float Ideas For a Credit Union

I work for a credit union and we have been invited to join a local parade. We're all searching for ideas to add to the float. We want the name of our company on the float and we want to involve the crowd. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!


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By (Guest Post)04/09/2005

I have some me at mvm9607 @ (remove spaces) Mark

Question: Parade Float Ideas: Theme is " All I want For Christmas"

I am looking for float ideas for a veterinary practice, the theme is " All I want For Christmas". Thank you.

By E.F

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By Vivian P. [36]11/08/2011

"All I Want For Christmas is my two front teeth!" You could focus on the dental services and have big poster board depictions of cartoon animals flashing their whitey teeth.

Question: Parade Float for a Veterinary Practice

Any ideas for a parade float for a veterinary hospital with the theme "Honoring Those Who Serve"? Thanks.

By ValNR from NY

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By ValNR [1]07/18/2011

I recently read an article on a website about adopting out retired K9 army dogs. We are thinking right now maybe incorporate them, plus other service animals (seizure dogs/cats, seeing eye dogs, search and rescue, canine good citizen) and decorating the float to look like a dog.

Question: "Keep Christ in Christmas" Parade Float Ideas

I am building a float for a small town Christmas parade. I need ideas on what to use in my float. The theme of the parade is, "Keep Christ in Christmas".

By Heather from Atlanta, TX

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By katrina [5]11/13/2010

Jesus is the reason for the season; which means keep Christ in Christmas as He is the reason that Crhistmas is celebrated. Actually, the "retailers" and marketers were the ones who promoted Christmas and it was to make enormous revenue for themselves, and knowing how to "manipulate" the "masses" they try and make us feel "guilty" if we do not "buy buy buy";
To counter this: I try and give gifts throughout the year; and always ahead of "christmas" day!
And send Christmas cards out any time of the year; my family has gotten used to me!

Question: "Unforgettable Memories" Parade Float Ideas

There is kiddie parade coming up with the theme "Unforgettable Memories". Any ideas for a float?

By acarter2008 from Hillsboro, IL

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By Donna [6]07/15/2009

A few thoughts to kick start your imagination.
"A Day At The Beach" - white sand, palm trees, beach umbrella, sandcastles, beach towels, beach toys, beach ball, seashells
"Playground Fun" - grass, see-saw, swing, hula hoop, picinic blanket & basket, kite flying
"Playing Dress-Up" - gowns, wigs, hats, old high heels , make-up dresser with mirror and seat

Good Luck and have fun:)

Question: Christmas Float Using a Bass Fishing Boat

We are having our annual Christmas parade and the theme is based on the lake where we live. The theme is Lake Cumberland Christmas. We have a bass boat and truck we want to incorporate into the parade, but are stuck on what to do. Can someone help? Thank you so much!

By Heather M

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By erichayes101/03/2014

We made a pirate ship out of a fishing boat on a trailer. We used wide black cloth from home depot meant for blocking weeds under garden dirt. then got some float suppies and made sparkling waves on the side. Painted pvc pipe brown and made masts. had a pirate ship steering wheel, used more black cloth for tied up sails. put kids in as captain hook, peter pan, wendy , mermaids etc. You can figure anyway to tie it in, instead of "Pirates of the Caribbean" it could be "pirates of the ....." "sailing over ...." or " our never, never land"

Question: Santa Parade Float Ideas

I work in a hotel and we are hosting Santa. We need to design a float for a parade to take him to our local mall where he will be until Christmas. Any ideas?

By Sara

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By pam munro [447]11/04/2011

When my husband & I play Santa & Mrs. Claus we sometimes make our entrance in a horse & carriage (it's there for rides for the kids). So I would suggest getting a carriage! If there is no horse, perhaps you could get a group of people dressed as elves to pull it! Or Santa in a wheelbarrow or some sort of golf cart that's decorated? A Segway? You get the idea...

Question: Peanut Festival Parade Float Ideas: Theme "Going for the Gold"

I wanted to know if you have any suggestions on how to decorate a float with the main theme being "Going for the Gold" the focus of it is our area's national peanut festival.

By Renea from Dothan, AL

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By Sheilah Link [5]10/25/2010

A peanut standing on an Olympic award style platform with bread on one side and jelly on the other, each wearing a medal.

Question: Parade Float Ideas With Community Theme

Need float ideas! The nursing home where I work is participating in a community parade. The theme is "Doing for the Community". Any ideas?

Katie from Green Valley, AZ

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By cristy (Guest Post)09/03/2007

You could do like half of the float " if the community citizens didn't help" make it ugly and have actors being mean ect. Then the other half "if the community's citizens did help" and make it really nice with some actors pretending to help each other with something.

Question: Parade Float Ideas For a Gym

I need some ideas for a Christmas parade float. I work at a gym. Any suggestions?

Katie from McComb, Mississippi

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By Tripleb (Guest Post)10/14/2005

Santa jumping rope or pumping iron w/some free weights comes to mind. Put some members in some reindeer - or better yet snowmen (cause they are round and plump) garb and have them exercising or pushing the sleigh........some could still be plump and some could be slim and encouraging on the rotund ones.

Question: Dog Parade Float Ideas

I need a float idea for the Big Dog parade in Santa Barbara, CA in June. I am trying to incorporate two themes:

1) "Pets need dental work too" ( I do animal dentistry)

2) Recognizing Pet therapy dogs for our local hospice

-Tina Brandon Walters

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By kelly (Guest Post)02/25/2005

A smile can brighten everyones day. Show a dog sharing his great smile with someone else who really needs one.

Question: Valentine's Day Float Ideas

My daughter has a project coming up where she has to build a Valentines Day float. The catch, she needs to use all natural materials...nothing can be man made by a factory. We thought of a cloud 9 theme with people dancing in the clouds, but I am not sure how to make them dance, any ideas...? I need to know something as soon as possible. Homemom

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By (Guest Post)12/12/2004

Some questions for you:

-- How big is this float? Is it going to be big enough for real people to ride on?

-- When you say "all natural" materials, do you mean no fabrics, paper, pre-cut lumber, machine-carded cotton, nails, glue, string, etc. etc. etc.? When they say "nothing machine made", how strict are they being?

Question: Christmas Floats for Longhorn Christmas Theme

I need ideas to decorate a 14x7 and a half trailer. It will be in memory of my 23 year old nephew that passed away 2 months ago. He was a victim of a hit and run.

By Maria

Question: Parade Float Ideas

The theme is "It's a new day, it's a new way"; because we recently built the very first high school for our small town. I own an accounting firm and would like to have the name of my business on the side. The school's mascot is a Siberian Husky and I want to incorporate that as well, but I am having trouble finding one. Can anyone help?

By Deidree J.

Question: Timeless Traditions Theme Parade Float Ideas

We are a line dancing group and are going to be in a town parade with the theme "Timeless Traditions". We have a 2 level flatbed and always put a theme on the highest level while we dance on the lowest level while traveling the parade route. Any ideas? I was thinking on the lines of family based?

By Wendy K

Question: D-Day 70th Anniversary Float Ideas

What can we do to on a float to honor the memory of the 70th anniversary of D-Day that would be over the top?

By Sandi McQ

Question: Sesquicentennial Parade Float Ideas

Our small town museum group would like to enter a parade float this year. The theme is "150 years and growing" in celebration of the town sesquicentennial. Would anyone have a winning idea for this event?

By Carol from MI

Question: Coast Guard Parade Float Ideas

The Christian counseling office I work at is looking for ideas for a float. The parade honors the U. S. Coast Guard. Any ideas?

By Julie S.

Question: Parade Float Ideas for Football Team and Cheerleaders

Our area private school just started a football team this past season. We would like to let the boys and the cheerleaders ride in the parade. I need a good idea for a float to incorporate the football players and the cheerleaders. Any ideas?

By Jodi

Question: Storybook Themed Parade Float Ideas

I need some ideas for a float that has a storybook theme. It is for a football team.

By Anita

Question: Cub Scouts Parade Float Ideas

I am looking for ideas for a Christmas float for a new cub scout troop. It needs to be inexpensive.

By Vickie from Bremen, KY

Question: Ideas for "Drug Free" Themed Parade Float

Does anyone have ideas for building a parade float with a drug free theme?

By Cindi from Pittsburgh, PA

Question: Western Pioneer Themed Parade Float Ideas

I need some ideas for a western pioneer parade float. Help please.

By Char from WY

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