Parade Float Ideas for a "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" Theme

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Parade Float Ideas for a "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" Theme
The song is sung during the 7th inning stretch at most ball parks. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" was written in 1908 Jack Norworth, a vaudeville entertainer and songwriter who wrote the lyrics on scrap paper while travelling to Manhattan, New York. Perhaps the most well-known song about baseball ever recorded, fans still sing the song at games. Create a baseball float based on the actual song or go with less literal interpretations.

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Favourite Players

Create a "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" float based on your favourite players. Dress up participants as players from the past, such as Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle mixed in with today's MLB players such as Chase Utley (Phillies), Tim Lincecum (Giants) and David Ortiz (Red Sox). Parade floats featuring only players from the past or only stars of today are also options. Feature players holding equipment or in baseball stances such as players up to bat.

Teams

Create a parade float dedicated to your favourite team or the home team of the area where the parade is being held. Create memorabilia displays such as replicas of team headlines and images of the team's past famous players. Display team jerseys, jackets, complete uniforms if possible and batting helmets along with baseball equipment such as gloves, cleats, bats, catcher's gear, batting gloves and home plate diamonds. Dress up participants as team members or "bat boys" if desired.

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

Go with a literal interpretation by painting the lyrics to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" on large wooden sheets. Display images of people singing the song (with audio if possible), such as famous sports announcer Harry Caray singing the song from a 1985 ballgame. Display items mentioned in the song, such as bags of peanuts and boxes of Cracker Jacks. Also try using movie stills from the 1949 film "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelley and Esther Williams.

Home Teams

Create a float based on your town or city's home teams, from Little League teams through minor leagues and Triple A teams to MLB teams if desired. Keep the float dedicated to one or two Little League teams or make it all about your region's minor league teams. Contact players about riding on the float and decorate the float in the team's colours with jersey and equipment displays. If a team has recently won a championship try including information about the event on large wooden sheets, which can also be used to paint the words "Root, root, root for the home team."

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