Sue wrangling children on the float, helper girls in their colorful outfits
In May of this year my friend Kerry and I decided to do a float for Lillooet's annual May Day Parade. Lillooet is one of the last communities in B.C. (so I've been told) that has May Pole dancing and a parade and crowning of the May Day Queen and princesses. It's a lot of fun and has been going on for a loooooong, long time. We wanted to join in - and of course I "forced" Sue to participate too!
Our theme for the float was "Candyland". I went nuts making giant papier mache candies and gumball machines and giant coke cans and slushies and chocolate bars and giant ice cream cones, Kerry made giant Hersheys kisses and giant cotton candy. Did I mention we made them giant? Here is some "during the creative process" photos.
Chocolate bar and Strawberry Ice Cream Cone
Gumballs painted up for the gumball machine
Ice cream cone in stages of papier mache
Slushie cup after first coat of papier mache (over large garbage can)
Gumball machine all done
Slushie cup all done
Sue and I hijacked my neighbour's shop to decorate the float. We twisted their arms and forced them to help out as well. I love my neighbours! Check out the pics of the almost finished float in their shop below.
Front half of float
Back view of float ( I love this view of the donuts and slushie!)
The finished product was pretty darn cool! The kids loved it! Kerry and I recruited some helpers to assist us with handing out goodies. We handed out homemade mini-cupcakes, homemade caramel M & M popcorn, homemade donut-shaped cookies (complete with pink frosting and sprinkles), and lots and lots of cotton candy. Some of the smaller helpers stayed on the float and threw out candies to the crowd.
Everyone loved the mini cookie monsters and mini flowers!
We motored along the parade route so fast it seemed to only last a minute. Time flies when you are having fun!
That's me in the red apron and Kerry on the other side in the pink with the chef hat!
At the end of the day our Candyland Float walked away with several trophies. Kerry's kids won Best Kid's Costume (they were dressed as bags of jelly beans), we won Best Commercial Float (We entered under Sue's husband's company name), and....TAA DAA....... Best Overall Float in Parade!
Kerry, me, and Kenzie with our prizes!
It was so, so, so much fun. We are already trying to think of themes for next year's parade. I have decided I love papier mache !