Decorate a Golf Cart for Your St. Patrick's Day Parade

Updated on September 18, 2019
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Florida lifestyle, decorating, and retirement are topics covered by Virginia, who shares her own experiences.

This is a golf cart fancied up for St Patrick's Day. The rainbow and pot of gold on this one really catch your eye.
This is a golf cart fancied up for St Patrick's Day. The rainbow and pot of gold on this one really catch your eye. | Source

Fun St. Patrick's Decorations for Your Golf Cart

My community has a fun time in March with a parade of golf carts decorated for St. Patrick's Day. Everyone turns out to see the creative ways people interpret the theme. There are carts with shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold at the end of a rainbow, and other Irish icons.

The residents turn out for the parade wearing their own green attire, funny hats, and strings of shamrock beads. It's a big street party. Even if your community doesn't have a parade like this, you can still decorate your golf cart for the annual holiday as you go out to golf or drive around your community.

Here are some tips for turning your golf cart into a fun ride for the day each year when all of us are Irish. Have fun!

It's not a requirement, but you have a head start if your cart is green. We can take off the golf clubs and then attach any decorations we like and presto, instant St Patrick's Day parade entry.
It's not a requirement, but you have a head start if your cart is green. We can take off the golf clubs and then attach any decorations we like and presto, instant St Patrick's Day parade entry. | Source

What Can You Use?

Anything green is great but look at party decor like banners, fringe, large shamrocks, even holiday-themed plastic tablecloths. Next, figure out how to attach these to your cart so they won't fly off as you join in the parade or drive around your community or your golf course.

More Cart Decorations Ideas

  • Green helium balloons or regular balloons
  • Shamrock wreaths
  • Green or gold garlands (rummage in your stored Christmas decorations)
  • Strings of shamrocks
  • "Happy St. Patrick's Day" banners
  • Green fringe
  • A pot of gold
  • A leprechaun (or many leprechauns)
  • Irish flags
  • Garden banners with an Irish theme

An Irish Wreath

This goes on the door of my home each March, but on March 17, I put it on my golf cart. Make sure all the elements on a wreath are well-attached so they won't fall off from the breeze as you drive around.
This goes on the door of my home each March, but on March 17, I put it on my golf cart. Make sure all the elements on a wreath are well-attached so they won't fall off from the breeze as you drive around. | Source

St. Patrick's Day Golf Cart Parade

Do a Test Drive

After you attach all your decorations with twist ties, clear package tape, or other means, take a slow drive up and down your street. You'll want to see what isn't secure and falls off. Re-attach it and secure anything that seems loose.

If you use duct tape or clear packing tape, don't put it on the painted part of the cart. You don't want it ripping off a strip of paint when you remove the tape. Attach tape on the windshield or the aluminum uprights of the cart. Then you can use a putty knife or Goo Gone to get the residue off.

My Friend Kathy Is Irish—This Is Her Cart

Shimmering green festoons the top of this cart and a rollicking leprechaun cavorts on the front. Make sure that you don't obstruct the driver's view. Safety first. A yard banner flutters from the back.
Shimmering green festoons the top of this cart and a rollicking leprechaun cavorts on the front. Make sure that you don't obstruct the driver's view. Safety first. A yard banner flutters from the back. | Source

The Wearing of the Green

You don't have to deck yourself out as a leprechaun or an Irish lass, but why not have fun! A green shirt, an Irish hat, or a green sash puts you in the spirit for some fun as you drive along in your decorated golf cart. You can even get some spray-on hair dye to turn your hair or beard green. Make sure it says on the container that it washes out easily.

If you have a dog, tie a shamrock bandana around his neck. Dogs love taking a ride in the golf cart.

Decorate the Driver And Passengers Too

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At the very least, put on your green t-shirt, but don't forget a fun Irish hat.Don't be shy. Go all out with green from head to toe. Let your inner Irish come out.
At the very least, put on your green t-shirt, but don't forget a fun Irish hat.
At the very least, put on your green t-shirt, but don't forget a fun Irish hat. | Source
Don't be shy. Go all out with green from head to toe. Let your inner Irish come out.
Don't be shy. Go all out with green from head to toe. Let your inner Irish come out. | Source

Need More Ideas?

Take a look at some of the entries in our annual parade to get ideas. Do a search on the Internet to find pictures of "St. Patrick's Day golf carts." Take a look on Pinterest too.

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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.

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        Liz Westwood 

        8 weeks ago from UK

        This is a well-illustrated and interesting article. St. Patrick's day is getting bigger in the UK with parades in some cities, but I haven't come across decorated golf buggies before.

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