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Decorate a Golf Cart for Mardi Gras

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.

Years ago, 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

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).

Did You Watch the Video?

Decorated for Mardi Gras 2019 - Solivita Golf Carts

By attaching a platform to the front of the golf cart, they provided room for this fire-breathing dragon. Very creative.

By attaching a platform to the front of the golf cart, they provided room for this fire-breathing dragon. Very creative.

Very large, colorful butterflies fancy up this cart.  Different clubs decorate a cart for the parade to call attention to their activities. This is the first year for the Butterfly Club which teaches its members to raise and release butterflies.

Very large, colorful butterflies fancy up this cart. Different clubs decorate a cart for the parade to call attention to their activities. This is the first year for the Butterfly Club which teaches its members to raise and release butterflies.

Lots of fringe in traditional colors! Note the costumes worn to go with each entry in the parade.

Lots of fringe in traditional colors! Note the costumes worn to go with each entry in the parade.

Purple, yellow, and green set the theme for this cart.

Purple, yellow, and green set the theme for this cart.

Get More Ideas from This Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade

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.

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.

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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.

Fabric Bunting in Mardi Gras Colors

Tips for Decorating This Cart

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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

Sea Monster Themed Golf Cart - with a Boat

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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. The monster rests on a platform that has its own wheels.


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.

Costumes Add Fun to the Parade

A troupe of belly dancers wearing their purple outfits.

A troupe of belly dancers wearing their purple outfits.

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This club opted for purple t-shirts and embellishments.

This club opted for purple t-shirts and embellishments.

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

Other Occasions for Decorating the Golf Cart

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.

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Add a dragon tail at the back and a dragon neck and head at the front of the cart.

Add a dragon tail at the back and a dragon neck and head at the front of the cart.

Add something on the top to expand your decorations and add some drama.

Add something on the top to expand your decorations and add some drama.

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This one uses an oversize mask with eye holes for the driver to see out.

This one uses an oversize mask with eye holes for the driver to see out.

Turn the cart into an alligator with cardboard and paint.

Turn the cart into an alligator with cardboard and paint.

Inflatable characters can be attached to the roof or back of the cart.

Inflatable characters can be attached to the roof or back of the cart.

Bring your friends for a cheering section!

Bring your friends for a cheering section!

Lots of fringe and balloons make this one very colorful.

Lots of fringe and balloons make this one very colorful.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Virginia Allain

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