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IMECE Student Float Competition

Sunday, October 29, 2023
Mardi Gras Float Guidelines
Theme: School Spirit and Mechanical Engineering

For ASME IMECE 2023 in New Orleans (Oct. 29 through Nov. 3), on Sunday, Oct. 29th starting at 10:00 am CST students can showcase a Mardi Gras-like float to demonstrate their school spirit along with how it relates to Mechanical Engineering. A competition as to the best design along with the ability to throw a provided stress ball exactly 20 feet will occur. This will be a team competition requiring at least 4 students and a maximum of 10 students per float.


  • Registration for float design: Sept. 29, 2023
  • Finished float picture upload to Discord site: Oct. 15, 2023

Contest Timing:

  • Unloading: 8am CST to 9am CST
  • Setup: 9am to 12pm CST
  • Contest: 1pm CST to 3pm CST
  • Judging Discussion: 3pm to 4pm CST
  • Awards and Tear Down: 4pm CST


  • $200 for each school entry; $50 additional for each student more than a team of 4.
    • Multiple entries per school are allowed
  • Upon registration, the school logo will be displayed on the IMECE 2023 webpage under a specific heading
  • A mechanical device must be incorporated to throw a stress ball exactly 20 feet measured from the front of the float; the stress ball will be provided by ASME staff
  • 1st place receives $1000, 2nd place receives $500, and 3rd place receives $250
  • The top 3 floats will be left at IMECE for showcasing in the Exhibit Hall during the conference until Wednesday, November 1st


  • All floats must be decorated to comply with the official parade theme
  • The winning floats must have multiple dimensions with unique decorations
  • Safety is paramount; safety glasses are required when the mechanical device is in operation, or the float is under construction
  • The mechanical device must operate without power; e.g., use of a spring or catapult would be acceptable
  • Contestants will get three tries for the stress ball to travel 20 feet (air + ground distance)
  • Business names and advertisements are not allowed; obviously, school/university names are allowed
  • The maximum height can be no more than 4 feet tall
  • The maximum width and length are 4 feet by 6 feet
  • The float should be able to be rolled or carried into place and it must be locked and secure when people are standing on it
  • All standing areas must have secure solid walls or railings
  • Only LED/LCD lighting is allowed; static props are also allowed
  • No open flames are allowed as part of the design
  • Transportation of the floats to and from the venue are the responsibility of the contestants
  • Teams must assemble and disassemble the floats on site without help from ASME staff
  • A judging rubric will be developed and uploaded to the ASME IMECE website


  • A Discord channel has been set up to handle questions related to this contest.

To Participate: