In our last blog, we called for entries to the Blenheim Christmas Parade, this fabulous event traditionally marks the beginning of the region’s holiday festivities, and this year it’s taking place on Saturday December 3rd.
If that post piqued your interest, but left you heavy hearted with the thought of the amount of work you might need to do to build a float, then this article is for you, because we have three simple ways that will allow you to float without lifting a power tool!
- Walk this way – Did you know you can enter a walking group, you don’t need a vehicle! As long as your group is Christmas themed and full of enthusiasm. This easier option is so much fun. Making your costumes is a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit, and with everyone dressed up on the day you won’t want to leave your camera behind!
- Use what you have – Floats can be made from just about anything, by just about anybody. Use cars, motorbikes, trailers, utes, vans, trucks, golf carts, tractors, boats. These can all been decorated to make a memorable parade entry. Even young children can decorate shopping carts, bikes or wagons for a parade. It’s all about adding to the spirit of your community, spreading smiles and laughter among the spectators on the way.
- Four legs are better than two – You could also dress up your bigger pets; dogs, horses, donkeys, sheep… Just be sure that they are happy in a crowded environment.
The Marlborough4Fun top tips for successful floating:
- Make float building a social occasion, get people to bring a plate, put on some music and let the creative juices flow!
- Elect a team leader to delegate jobs using each others strengths. Put the arty/crafty person in charge of creativity and the organised person in charge of the details like registration. If you play to your team’s strengths everyone will enjoy being involved.
- Ask for help. If you get stuck, there are lots of experts out there usually happy to help. For example, if you have a woodwork related issue you might approach the Woodworkers Guild at Brayshaw Park, they may have ideas that would make things easier for you.
- Be realistic in your project’s scope. It’s easier to start small, and then float higher next year!
- The early bird… Start early to avoid last minute pressures.
- Have fun!
If you need any further help with ideas please don’t hesitate to contact the Marlborough 4 Fun team – we are happy to help where we can!