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Christmas Parade

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by kcress31, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    Not sure what thread this fits in but It is marketing your business. Is anybody planning on putting a float in their local christmas parade? Has anyone in the past? Any pictures? I am doing one next week.
  2. 04WhiteSport

    04WhiteSport Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    I had my truck and trailer in the local town parade last year for my daughters scout troop. I didn't plan it that way but I plowed that early morning and made it for the start time. I pulled my mowing trailer with all the girlscouts on it passing out candy. I actually got a plow account from a guy that ran out to my door and wanted me to plow his place right after the parade. Free advertising??? You Bet!!!

    Sorry no pics though...
  3. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    I will post some pics to this post after next Saturday. I hope we get some more.
  4. doo-man

    doo-man Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    I did one during the summer, passed candy out with cards on them, had a few calls but nothing solid. I have thought about the x-mas parade that might be a little better.

    Here are pics of float... Also pulled kids football team for homecoming parade...


  5. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    I would do my truck/equipment alone. And I'd use my truck to pull a float for another organization. But I would never build a float just for my business.

    Good luck and let us know how it turns out
  6. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    I just plan on spending 150 - $200 on one machine. Lights and stuff.
  7. doo-man

    doo-man Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    Tax write off!
  8. ontario026

    ontario026 Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    We just did the local Christmas parade tonight... It's a night parade, with lights over everything... Since my primary business is a marina, I towed a 17.5' full windsheild Princecraft fishing boat with some people and kids in it, the boat had lights strung all over it, including the bimini top, then I made a "plywood tonneau cover" in the box that was a few inches lower than the box sides, and on it there was a small lit christmas tree, an inflatable snowman, fake wrapped presents, and lights strung all around the truck with some big lit candy canes hanging off the sides of the bed too.... Looked pretty cool....

    only crappy thing about the parade was one the parade was finished, on the route back to the staging area a 53yr old woman fell off the float that was in front of us, and her float kept on going... We had to stop and call 911 and wait for the ambulance.... She'll probably have a mean old headache in the morning and a possibly a couple of stiches or two as well, but I think she will be fine...

    I'll try to see if I can get a pic or two of the float, my camera crapped out a day or two ago, so I didn't have one there, but someone's gotta have some pics...

  9. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    Parade is tomorrow. I will post pics as soon as I can
  10. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    My dads friend used to pull a 45' dropdeck with his Mack. He would get all the magnet signs off his picnics and cover any thing that wasnt covered on the truck or trailer, but he dropped the trailer off and they built a float on it. Lol

    A friend of mine owns the biggest towing company in this town and he always has atleast 3-4 trucks in the parade.
  11. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    I'm doing one on the 6th this year. My first, I'll post pictures.
  12. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    Here is a picture of a Santa Hat we made for our machine. We just finished it last night. This is our first parade as well.

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    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,555

    Perhaps Red Nose for your DEERE.

    I plan on doing our local parade next year.
  14. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    ALL READY. Here is the complete float. I will post more night pics tonight or tomorrow. The red nose was a good idea. Maybe next year.

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  15. dchr

    dchr Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    Just got home from towing a float in my daughters girl scout troops Christmas parade. This was my first year doing it-had 1/2 dozen+ people come up to the truck and ask for cards-we'll see if anything comes of it but it was fun anyway!!:jester:
  16. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    Here are a few night pictures.

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  17. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    Here are a few more.

    Keep them coming in.

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  18. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,190

    Looks great Kcress! I'll bet your kids had a blast, which is worth it regardless of the "marketing" value. :salute:
  19. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    Yeah the kids loved it. For me it was more or less PR to the community that our company cares and is involved in other things besides business.
  20. nhpatriot

    nhpatriot Senior Member
    Messages: 190

    I totally agree with the philosophy of participating in community building functions. Despite our sometimes feeling that an event didn't pay off, it ultimately always does. There is a cumulative effect to our actions, which culminates in folks wanting to do business with us when the time comes that they have a need for our services. Good for you, and best of luck!