Use your boat to impress parade spectators. For parades held during the day, use decorations that are water-resistant, durable and large. You want the audience to see everything. If the parade is at night, illuminate your boat with outdoor rope lighting. You can use it to outline your vessel or make shapes and objects reflecting the parade theme. Whether you are part of a flotilla or being pulled on dry land, there are plenty of ways to decorate your boat float.
Pontoons on Parade
Use the full deck on your pontoon to create a float that keeps people talking. Disguise your pontoon as a chess board. Use streamers or other fabric as an apron, concealing the sides. Remove the guard walls so the spectators can see the floor. Tape or staple large pieces of black and white or black and red tag board together in the pattern of a chess board. Using enough people to demonstrate chess pieces, divide them in half and dress one group in all white with chesslike headgear. Dress the other group in black with headgear mimicking the white group. Set the people up on the checkered floor as if they were chess pieces.
Decorating a Sailboat
Take advantage of the actual boat form. Without much hassle or decorating cost you can transform your sailboat into a shipwreck. Create some fake boulders out of papier-mache, stuffed and painted large lawn bags, or styrofoam. Attach them to the front sides of the boat as if the vessel had crashed into them. Instead of flying your regular sail, hoist up one that is weathered and torn. Have the occupants wear torn and shredded clothes, as if they have been stranded for years.
Disguise a Speedboat
Turn your speedboat into a beach party. Stretch volleyball net across the deck where the window divides the boat. Have beach balls attached to the outer sides of the boat and beach towels spread on the back deck. You can also use beach towels as an apron, hiding the trailer. Be sure to play some beach tunes and have the riders wear colourful sunblock, sunglasses and swimming suits.
Float Within your Budget
Do not exceed your budget. If this means you have £195 to work with, you need to be resourceful. Use your boat or borrow one. Inexpensive decorations include balloons, colourful streamers and cling films while cheap plastic/vinyl tablecloths are great for covering large spaces. They can also be cut into streamers that do not break or bleed their colour if they get wet. Spray paint cardboard and cut it into any shape. If your parade is in the evening, use outdoor holiday rope lights to illuminate your boat and tinfoil to reflect any light.
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