The floats are arguably the best part of a parade. A candy-themed parade and float is sure to be a hit with spectators. Rather than just adding a bunch of different kinds of candy on a float, try to narrow down the theme to increase creativity when creating the float. Unless the rules state otherwise, use cardboard, chicken wire, paint, coloured napkins, wood and actual props to help create your candy-themed float.
Candy Land Board Game
Candy Land is a children's game in which the goal is to get to the end of the board first. The game is known for its colours, candy characters and scenery. You can re-create portions of the board along the float. Use a lot of reds, greens, blues, yellows, oranges and violets. Re-create the Candy Cane Forest and Gum Drop Mountain. Try to include such characters as Queen Frostine, Princess Lolly and King Kandy.
Create a float that looks like it is made completely of chocolate. You can include Hersey's Kisses and chocolate bars. Create a giant chocolate bar that is partially unwrapped with a bite out of it. To add some colour to your float, include chocolate-covered strawberries and white chocolate. For additional colour, add some M&Ms. If your float can support people on it, have some of them dress up as the M&M characters and toss chocolate Kisses and minipacks of M&Ms to the spectators.
A sweetshop is a good theme to use if you want to include a wide variety of candy on your float. Set the float up with a countertop in the middle and a variety of containers of candies on top of it. If your float can support people, have one person behind the counter and a few children and adults around it. Decorate the edges with gumdrops and lollipops to add to the float's theme. Have the people on the float hold candy jars and toss candy to the spectators from them.
Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory
Although it is a chocolate factory, this theme is very different from the all-chocolate theme. This float may include lots of other candies as reflected in the book and film. Re-create some of the characters, such as Willy Wonka or Violet, who eats and then turns into a blueberry. Make a large golden ticket out of cardboard and spray paint. Add the chocolate river and a box of Nerds candy. Do not forget the Oompa-Loompas. Use cardboard cutouts or have people in costumes throwing out candy, if possible.