October 01, 2015

What a great turnout for The Smallest Parade Design Workshop last night. Award-winning artists Ann Lorraine and Rick Worth did a great job setting the tone of this fun and funny event and emphasizing tips for building a prize-winning float.

Ann had a wealth of information on materials—wire, styrofoam blocks, recycled packing, etc. She also reminded us of the theatre set trick: if you want something to not be noticed, paint it black! Put the glitter and bright colors on what you are focusing on.

Her long and successful career designing the show case windows for Fast Buck Freddies also yielded the wisdom: Keep It Simple! She recommended a restrained color scheme of one or two colors. She also warned of adding too much decoration that may distract from the main theme.

Rick reminded us to have fun—the point of this event. He is designing the backdrop the floats will travel in front of and described to us how that would work. The lighting will be theatre dark with rope lights giving a footlight effect on the conveyor. Spotlights will shine on the floats but will be subdued enough that lighting within the floats isn’t washed out. He has long years of experience with backdrops, sets and parades and has created a thoughtful design that complements but doesnot compete with the floats.

Here are some links for inspirational visuals to charge up your imagination:

http://billlorraine.com/annlorraine.html Watch to video of Ann’s parade floats! You will be amazed!

http://www.corsozundert.nl/home-EN/ This parade is phenomenal! And all made with flowers. We are lucky we don’t have to figure out how to maneuver these things full size.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1586263884967443/ Our Smallest Parade FaceBook page. I have posted ideas there—feel free to add to them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj7wevA1GgE&feature=youtu.be This video will blow your mind!

https://www.pinterest.com/hatsbyjudi/the-smallest-parade-in-the-universe/ I set up a Pinterest page of ideas.

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