How Are Mardi Gras Parade Floats Made?


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Depending on their complexity, Mardi Gras parade floats are made through a series of steps that involve design, foundation construction, frame building, sculpting figures on the float and finally adding decorative touches, such as paint and other finishing embellishments. In some cases, floats are built on preexisting chassis foundations that are already equipped to support the weight of a completed float in addition to being mechanically ready to be driven through a parade route.

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How Are Mardi Gras Parade Floats Made?
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Because the floats are more grand and elaborate each year, the float-building process usually begins just a few weeks after that year's Mardi Gras celebration. Once the krewe has decided a theme for the upcoming year, the design process can begin. After a float is designed and basic foundational elements are constructed, the desired figures are typically sculpted out of a combination of wire with additional elements such foam, plastic and papier-mache. These figures are then painted and decorated to finish the look of the float.

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