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  • [Question] Parade Floats Powered By Battery?

    Last night (Friday Dec. 11) after the first serious shower the late parade suffered three float failures. A funny little white tow vehicle (sorry, I have no pictures) came out from behing IASW to tow the floats off one at a time. It took quite a while which resulted in several CMs in the parade to do some pretty stuff to while away the time.
    My guess is that all that rain and moisture somehow shorted out electrical systems causing the floats to fail. Am I correct?
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    Re: Parade Floats Powered By Battery?

    Originally posted by ttrocc7007 View Post
    Last night (Friday Dec. 11) after the first serious shower the late parade suffered three float failures. A funny little white tow vehicle (sorry, I have no pictures) came out from behing IASW to tow the floats off one at a time. It took quite a while which resulted in several CMs in the parade to do some pretty stuff to while away the time.
    My guess is that all that rain and moisture somehow shorted out electrical systems causing the floats to fail. Am I correct?
    I've no idea how the rain may have impacted the electrical systems on the floats. I would think they would be shielded and protected against inclement weather. But yes, the floats are powered by batteries. When those batteries fail, the float fails.

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      Re: Parade Floats Powered By Battery?

      It would be cool if they could put the trolley horses to work to help out in those cases! Not only would they not run out of power, but we would be able to admire those beautiful horses more often!
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        Re: Parade Floats Powered By Battery?

        I hear they run off of Pixie Dust. :P

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          Re: Parade Floats Powered By Battery?

          Originally posted by dougeebear View Post
          I've no idea how the rain may have impacted the electrical systems on the floats. I would think they would be shielded and protected against inclement weather. But yes, the floats are powered by batteries. When those batteries fail, the float fails.
          I would've thought so too, but three floats only an hour after rain suggests they are not quite as weather-proof as one would expect.
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          BRING BACK THE PEOPLE MOVER!

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            Re: Parade Floats Powered By Battery?

            Nothing with electricity...
            It was just slippery.

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              Re: Parade Floats Powered By Battery?

              Originally posted by HiddenMickeyBook View Post
              It would be cool if they could put the trolley horses to work to help out in those cases! Not only would they not run out of power, but we would be able to admire those beautiful horses more often!
              Unless they hadn't had a good dinner.

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