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曾就读于奥克拉荷马州立大学的父母正在观看他们的儿子将彩纸塞入花车外的铁丝内,而这花车是为了参加返校节用的

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奥克拉荷马州立大学的返校节
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什么是返校节(homecoming)?假如您把它想做是返乡,某一方面来看,您猜的没错。

返校节就是学校的校友(已经毕业的学生)回校庆祝的节日。每一年,所有曾就读于斯蒂尔沃特(Stillwater)的奥克拉荷马州立大学(Oklahoma State University)的人,都被受邀出席一场名为返校节的特别周末盛会。其中一项人们引颈盼望的大事就是返校节游行,因为游行中有许多有趣且独特的花车。

一般来说,花车是建在用来输送物品的平板拖车上,拖车上堆满了色彩鲜明的材料及缘饰,看起来像是没有支持物,而飘动一般(花车英文为float,有飘动之意);而花车上的装饰材料并没有任何限制,所以几乎任何东西都可以拿来装饰花车。许多花车会做成动物的外形;花车是利用细小的铁丝折出外形,然后再将彩色的纸贴在成形的铁丝外面。建造花车的过程还涉及了设计及装饰,即将绉纹纸或其他的装饰品填塞入铁丝骨架上,让整台花车的外形看起来就像原先的设计样貌。

您能想到什么绝佳的花车设计吗?


What is a homecoming? If you think it refers to returning home, in a way, you would be right.

A homecoming is when a school's alumni (students who have graduated) return for a celebration. Every year, people who attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, are invited to a special event-filled weekend called homecoming. One of the big events that people look forward to is the homecoming parade, because it has many colorful and unusual floats.

Usually a float is built on top of a flatbed trailer used for transporting materials. The trailer is covered with colorful material and fringe so its wheels are hidden and the trailer appears to "float." Then the float can be decorated with just about anything.

Many floats are in the form of animals. Floats are made by bending chicken wire into a shape, perhaps an animal, and then attaching colored paper "flowers" to the wire. Part of the process of building a float involves "pomping" -- the stuffing of crepe paper or other decorations into the wire frame of the float to make it look like whatever it was designed to be.

Can you think of a cool float design?

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