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Decorate a Golf Cart for Mardi Gras

Updated on February 22, 2018
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Florida lifestyle, decorating, and retirement are topics covered by Virginia who shares her own experiences.

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Get Ready for the Mardi Gras Parade!

It's not every day that you can decorate your golf cart with purple and gold and lots of bling. Every year when Mardi Gras rolls around, our senior community has a parade. The residents turn out to see the creative way the golf carts in the parade are decorated.

People wear fun hats and flashy masks, buy something to eat at the food booths and watch the parade. There is always energetic music, bead tossing and lots of fun going on.

When I first started writing on Squidoo, I made a page about decorating your golf cart. It gave examples of Christmas decorating, 4th of July decorating and one little example of Mardi Gras decorating. I decided it was time to expand on that.

You'll find plenty of ideas here for fancying up your golf cart for a Mardi Gras parade.


Solivita RV Club Mardi Gras golf cart parade
Solivita RV Club Mardi Gras golf cart parade | Source

Decide on a Theme for the Cart

This club transformed their cart into an RV, since they are an RV club. They then added Mardi Gras themed touches like the enormous feathered mask and beads.

Other clubs like the belly dancing club and the fishing club added their own flair to their costumes and decorated entry in the parade.

A lot of work went into these parade entries and I bet the participants had a lot of fun assembling them.


Check out All the Golf Cart Parades - on YouTube Videos

You'll get a bunch of ideas from seeing how others decorated their carts.

The first video is in Solivita (Central Florida).

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Decorations for the Golf Cart

Purple green and yellow fit the theme. Check out the oversized comedy and tragedy faces. I'm sure you can put those to use.

There's some bunting to attach in swags to the front and back of the cart or around the roof line.

The colorful table cloth will cover a good sized area such as the golf cart seats or the roof. Be sure to attach everything well and drive slowly to the parade site so nothing blows off.

Be sure to leave some windscreen unblocked so the driver can see where he/she is going.
Be sure to leave some windscreen unblocked so the driver can see where he/she is going. | Source

Get the Largest Comedy/Tragedy Masks That You Can Find - Attach Them to the Front of the Golf Cart

Elaborate decorations for the Mardi Gras parade in Solivita 2018. Creating an arch above the cart roof gives extra dimension to this one.
Elaborate decorations for the Mardi Gras parade in Solivita 2018. Creating an arch above the cart roof gives extra dimension to this one. | Source
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Clever placement of the giant masks leaves several openings so the driver can see to drive the golf cart.
Clever placement of the giant masks leaves several openings so the driver can see to drive the golf cart. | Source

Fabric Bunting in Mardi Gras Colors

Mardi Gras Fabric Bunting (golden-yellow, green, purple) Party Accessory  (1 count) (1/Pkg)
Mardi Gras Fabric Bunting (golden-yellow, green, purple) Party Accessory (1 count) (1/Pkg)

They show the bunting here on a railing, but it would look equally fine on your golf cart. Use it as a trim around the roof of the cart or as a skirting around the lower part.

 

Tips for Decorating This Cart

mardi gras golf cart
mardi gras golf cart

I chatted with the owner and found out what they used for their decorations. Below are the list of materials they used in fancying up this cart.

Be sure to drive up and down your street for a trial run. You don't want to be surprised in the middle of the parade with decorations falling off.

(photo by Virginia Allain)

What You Need

Materials:

  • Rubber bouncy ball
  • Plastic table cloths
  • Crepe paper flowers

Tools:

  • Clear duct tape
  • Plastic ties or twist ties
  • String

Instructions:

1. Attach the bouncy ball to the roof of the cart with a bungy cord that goes across the roof and fastens under the roof.

2. Drape plastic table cloths from the ball to each corner of the roof.

3. Attach pom poms or giant paper flowers to the cart. If you use the clear duct tape, make sure it won't pull off the paint. Most decorations can be attached with those long plastic ties.

Mardi Gras Table Cloth

Mardi Gras Tablecover (golden-yellow, green, purple) Party Accessory  (1 count) (1/Pkg) 54" x 108"
Mardi Gras Tablecover (golden-yellow, green, purple) Party Accessory (1 count) (1/Pkg) 54" x 108"

Use this to cover the roof of the golf cart or to make swags like curtains for the side or other uses. You have your gold/yellow with green and purple, so the right colors for the event. You can check at the local dollar store or discount stores like Walmart or just order this one from Amazon to save hunting around.

 

Sea Monster Themed Golf Cart - with a Boat

The fishing club chose an ambitious golf cart float. They've made a sea monster and combined it with a boat towed by the golf cart.

I'm sorry the photo is a little dark. You have to look closely to see the sea monster.

(photo by Virginia Allain)

Don't miss out on all the fun. Fancy up that golf cart, put on your costume and live it up!

Don't Forget to Decorate the Driver and Passengers - for the Parade

Again there's plenty of purple, yellow and green, but look at the variety of styles. Find one that you're brave enough to wear. Dress up the dog while you're at it.

Dreamgirl Mardi Gras Maven, Purple, Small
Dreamgirl Mardi Gras Maven, Purple, Small

Lots of ruffles on this glamorous outfit. When the passengers in the decorated cart are all fancied up too, everyone will be impressed with your entourage!

 

Costumes Add Fun to the Parade

A troupe of belly dancers wearing their purple outfits.
A troupe of belly dancers wearing their purple outfits. | Source
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This club opted for purple t-shirts and embellishments.
This club opted for purple t-shirts and embellishments. | Source

More Fun Activities at the Solivita Mardi Gras Event - Music, Food and Fun (photos by Virginia Allain)

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Yummies made by the local clubs so no one goes hungry.An old-style New Orleans funeral.Even the audience gets into the spirit with colorful outfits!The SOBs (Solivita Older Bikers) gather to ride in the parade.Get your last minute decorations at this booth.The crowd loves catching beads. These ladies are getting ready for the parade. First make sure the beads aren't tangled.
Yummies made by the local clubs so no one goes hungry.
Yummies made by the local clubs so no one goes hungry.
An old-style New Orleans funeral.
An old-style New Orleans funeral.
Even the audience gets into the spirit with colorful outfits!
Even the audience gets into the spirit with colorful outfits!
The SOBs (Solivita Older Bikers) gather to ride in the parade.
The SOBs (Solivita Older Bikers) gather to ride in the parade.
Get your last minute decorations at this booth.
Get your last minute decorations at this booth.
The crowd loves catching beads. These ladies are getting ready for the parade. First make sure the beads aren't tangled.
The crowd loves catching beads. These ladies are getting ready for the parade. First make sure the beads aren't tangled.

Don't Forget to Dress Up the Dog for the Mardi Gras Parade Too

Dog Costume MARDI PAWS DRAGON COSTUMES Mardi Gras Dogs Outfit(Size 0)
Dog Costume MARDI PAWS DRAGON COSTUMES Mardi Gras Dogs Outfit(Size 0)

You'll get lots of oohs and ahs from the crowd when you dress your dog in this colorful costume. It comes in a variety of sizes. It has the Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold, and green with a ruff around the neck and a fancy headpiece.

 

More Example from the Annual Solivita Mardi Gras Parade of Golf Carts

Giant butterfly design in Mardi Gras colors with cut-out windows for the driver to see out.
Giant butterfly design in Mardi Gras colors with cut-out windows for the driver to see out. | Source

© 2014 Virginia Allain

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