Parasols can be found in a myriad of variations. There are the so-called garden parasols or cantilever parasols to create shade at the lunch or dinner table.
A parasol can also be practical on summer nights to protect the outdoor table and furniture when dew falls.
The newest addition to the parasol family is the attachable parasol, which can be attached directly to a chair or table and provide shade. It doesn't weigh much or fill up a lot of room and therefore is very practical to take to the beach.