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The purpose of this presentation is to give you the necessary information for designing, constructing and entering a creative and entertaining float in the Homecoming parade. We’ll walk you through the float building process, show you examples of good and bad floats, and provide examples of local businesses that you can use.

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  • If your entry is a float, you must have at least one fire extinguisher readily available on it. You will be required to show the extinguisher before entering the parade.

  • A maximum of 10 people are allowed on any one float during the parade.

  • No float may exceed10 feet in width, due to clearance through the gates located along the parade route. Any deviations need prior approval. Remember that the power-lines along the route are about15 feet in height.

  • You must maintain a distance of 20 feet between floats.

  • Each entry may pause in front of the judges’ stand for a maximum of 15-20 seconds.

  • Once the parade has begun, no one is allowed to get off a float unless the parade has come to a complete stop. Once a participant gets off a float, he or she may not get back on at any time for the duration of the parade.

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  • No alcoholic beveragesallowed in the parade. If a member of Bobcats Senior Honorary finds alcohol on a float, the organization will immediately and unconditionally be pulled from the parade.

  • No participants in the parade shall display vulgar, offensive, or unsafe behavior along the entire parade route.

  • No participants in the parade shall throw or spray anything into the crowd along the parade route. If candy is to be distributed, please ensure that it is handed to parade spectators.

  • Note that a violation of any of these rules will result in disqualification from this year’s Homecoming as well as next year’s parade.

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- Don’t leave it up to your pledges!!!

- Newer members may have some good ideas for themes, but they typically lack the skills and experience to construct a good float.

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  • Brainstorm ideas that relate to the Homecoming theme, One for the Ages – 125th Celebration, as well as your organization’s accomplishments and values

  • Determine the size and type of float you wish to build (keep in mind width and height restrictions)

  • Consider what materials you may need to implement your design, the tools and resources you have available, and the individual abilities of your float committee

  • Come up with a budget

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  • One for the Ages, can mean lots of different things to each organization. Think about what it means to yours.

  • Also think about the diversity of UofA and the accomplishments of its alumni.

  • We are playing the University of Washington

  • Remember, the more Wildcat spirit, the better!

  • Please keep in mind that there are many families and young children in attendance at the parade; please make sure that you use good taste.

  • Try to incorporate the UA Alumni Association’s tag line into your float (Wildcat for Life).

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Types of Floats


  • Float that is built over a single vehicle i.e. The float propels itself


  • Float that is built with a tow vehicle and a trailer. This float is propelled by the external vehicle.


  • Float built on large caster wheels or four-wheel cart platform. This float is propelled by human work.

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  • Flatbed truck

  • Trailer

  • Wood

  • Plywood

  • Plastic tarps

  • Foam board

  • Steel

  • Cardboard

  • Chicken wire

  • Styrofoam

  • Pipe insulation

  • Paper maché

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  • Crépe paper

  • Tissue paper

  • Fabric

  • Outdoor carpeting

  • Party decorations

  • Floral sheeting

  • Festooning

  • Fringe

  • Paint

  • Floral arrangements

Remember that floats should be colorful and eye-catching

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Valley Decorating


Home Depot

3515 E. Broadway Blvd.


Grant Road Lumber

2543 E Grant Rd.


ACE Hardware

2884 N. Campbell Ave.


Where to get Materials

  • Tucson Store Fixtures

    • 500 W Grant Rd

    • 623-0064

  • Tool Rent Shop

    • 4620 W. Ina Rd.

    • 744-6333

  • Nation’s Rental

    • 930 E Fort Lowell Rd.

    • 624-6601


    • 4655 N Oracle Rd Tucson.

    • 575-5373

You can also use STUMPS – an online party store

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Finished Product involved.

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  • Don’t forget the skirting and finishing touches to perfect your float.

  • Costumes for people on the float.

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RESOURCES involved.

  • For more information about 2010 Homecoming, please visit the website: http://www.uahomecoming.com/

  • For online float building instructions, Please visit www.valleydecorating.com/howto.html

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BUDGETING involved.

  • Establish a budget for construction materials.

  • Many local businesses are sympathetic and may contribute to your club’s cause.

  • Don’t forget about alumni donations.

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AWARDS involved.

Grand Marshall Best Overall Float Award

1st place: $200 cash prize

2nd place: $100 cash prize

3rd place: $50 cash prize

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  • You are required to schedule a date and time for a Bobcat representative to check on the progress of your float construction and to make sure you adhere to your original sketch/description, as well as follow all the rules and regulations

  • These meetings will take place during the week of October 18 – 21 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM

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  • Parade application, signed contract, parade drawing and payment for entry is due no later than Friday, October 8, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at the Swede Johnson Building

  • When you turn all forms in you will be asked to sign up to have your float checked by the Bobcats the week of October 18, 2010.

  • During the check of your float, you will receive an envelope containing a map of your entrance station as well as any other prevalent information.

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Bobcat Senior Honorary Parade Chairs:

Daniel Ference



  • Brad Drea

  • bdrea@email.arizona.edu

  • 602-692-4586

  • Alphonse Jacobellis



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    Have FUN & involved.

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    The Bobcats would like to thank Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity for the use of several of the photos in this presentation.