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"Christmas Across America" Christmas Parade Theme

Our Christmas parade theme this year is "Christmas Across America". I'm looking for suggestions for float designs. We are a cub scout pack. We could have as many as 50-60 boys (or as few as 25-30 or less I suppose, but we had almost that last year and it rained!). We will likely have a 26 ft. trailer to use. I'm aware we'll likely have to have some boys walking as the 50-60 boy count does not include leaders.

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Please help!

At this point, I'm ready to just decorate up a float with a Christmas tree in the middle and put the boys around it and call it good, but there is a part of me that feels like I should try to come up with something that follows the theme. Help me please!

Cheryl from Lafayette, IN

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October 29, 20080 found this helpful

Silver Bells, Macy's window - New York theme.
Oranges - Florida or California theme.
Christmas goose, sleigh bells - rural theme.
Sled, wagon, snowman,ice skates - kid theme.
Cookies, pies ,rolling pin - baking theme.
Real tree with popcorn stings, suet and birds.....wildlife theme.
Santa, Rudolph,stockings, boxes wrapped as presents....everywhere theme.
Nativity scene.

Just a few I could think of right off the bat....am sure there are plenty of others specific to regions as well. Could pick as many as you like or have space and time for.

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Hope this helps.

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October 29, 20080 found this helpful

For a New Mexico flair you can do luminaries They are brown paper bags filled with sand with a candle in the them. People in New Mexico decorate their yard with them. The history behind it was to make a path for mary and joesph on christmas.
Here is a link to a picture.
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October 30, 20080 found this helpful

How about a Hawaiian theme with a lit palm tree for a Christmas tree? There are lots of cheap summer luau items on clearance and one of your local churches may have used the Hawaiian theme for their summer VBS and have items you could use on your float. You could put Santa on a surfboard, etc. Good luck!

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October 30, 20080 found this helpful

What about having the boys or the leaders dress up as Santa from different parts of the country: Texas Santa with Cowboy hat & boots, Hawaiian Santa with swim trunks and Leis (maybe a surfboard, too), a California Santa with sunglasses and summer clothes (shorts, etc.), New York Santa in designer wear, Iowa Santa in farm wear, etc. Use appropriate Santa colors, of course.

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Plays a bit to state/regional stereotypes but could look pretty good spaced out on a flatbed truck. Could add "trees" to go with each Santa: palm tree, saguaro (sp???) cactus, cornstalks, silver tinsel tree with old filmstrip garland (California), etc. Just let your imagination go wild! Extra boys could be in theme as elves or christmas treats (candy canes, cupcakes, sushi?, etc.) to go with each region.

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