Playful toy train parade float, PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL PARADE
big bad wolf in bed on parade float, PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL PARADE
Toy cowboy on parade float, PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL PARADE


Brings Life-Like Props to Parade Floats


Sci3.2 is now using new cutting-edge technology to enhance the realism and imagination of its parade float designs and constructions.  Using a Hotwire 3D foam cutter to fabricate float features out of lightweight Styrofoam or Geofoam they now offer economical and eye-popping designs that are sure to delight parade viewers along the parade route and the wider viewing audience on TV.  This new foam cutting technology can create perfectly symmetrical float props, lifelike and proportionate animals, people and objects in a fraction of the time it takes to hand carve these props.  Of course, every surface still needs to be covered with organic materials, but the underlying structures are more natural in their shape and proportion. Sci3.2's cutting edge, Hotwire 3D cutting tool, is transforming parade float design.




Building Custom Parade Floats since 1977

SCI 3.2 is one of only 3 parade float building companies in the US and Canada and since 1977 they have been dazzling their clients and audiences at parades and festivals all over North America.  SCI 3.2 floats coming in a variety of styles, sizes, features, and budgets.  Many floats use animation or special effects to engage all of the senses of parade attendees, as well as, broadcast audiences.  Floats may be inflated, or floral, built on a motorized chassis, or powered by cyclists, be sculpted wonders or beautifully decorated mobile structures designed to showcase the festival’s Queen and her court.


Over the years, SCI 3.2 floats have amazed and entertained audiences in Philadelphia, Spokane, Pasadena, Seattle, San Antonio, Chicago, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Washington DC, Portland, Calgary, and even Amman Jordan.


Not only do parade floats have to be visually spectacular they also must be built on a solid framework to create a functional and safe, mobile presentation.  To get a better idea of what is involved in building a parade float please take a few minutes and review the slideshow featured here. You can also watch a video of an animated float as it moves along the parade route.


You can see eight years of Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade floats here. Enjoy!


If you have questions or would like to speak to our creative staff about your festival challenges please call us or use our contact us form to send us an email. We would be thrilled to talk to you about your particular needs.

Ever wonder how a float is made?

Follow this slideshow as we take you through the process of building a float, from drawing to the actual float in the parade!

Watch this short video of one of our animated parade floats.

Watch our animation in action

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