Local News

May 3, 2013 3:16 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Final Touches Made to Buc Days Illuminated Night Parade Floats

CORPUS CHRISTI -- There's a group of workers placing final touches on floats for Saturday night's Buc Days Illuminated Night Parade.

"They give me a picture of what I need to build and then we just start building it," says builder Jeff Spears.

Spears has spent the last 5 days building the framework for floats that will glide through the streets of Corpus Christi. Spears says after 21 years of crafting these floats, there's one priority on his "To do" list.

"I'm securing this stand so no one falls down. You can't have anybody fall down," Spears stressed.

Tightening screws and clipping wires are all part of the process to put these floats together but no float would be complete without lights, hence illuminated night parade, that's where Velmil Clay comes in.

"We have more lights than we ever did before," Clay said.

Clay specializes in the lighting of the floats. After 30 years in the float business, he's says the biggest change he's seen is the massive use of lights and bright colors but getting them in the right place is a bit tricky.

"Lot of work though it's not easy, it's not easy, anybody tells you it's easy don't believe them," Clay added.

Everyone will see what their hard work created as Las Donas De La Corte will ride on the 10 floats down Leopard Street Saturday night. The floats each have their own theme, including a hawaiian tropical and a rocketship style float.

The parade begins at 8 but there's no shame in setting up shop out there now to get a good spot to see the floats.

  • Story Photo
  • Story Photo
  • Story Photo
  • Story Thumbnail
  • Story Thumbnail
  • Story Thumbnail


Top Videos

1 2 3 4

Submit News

Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.

Most Popular

KRISTV.COM is Social!

Click the icons above to receive News, Weather, and Sports alerts from KRISTV.COM!


Contact Us
Send us your feedback. We want to hear from you!
Photo Central
Look at photos and videos and share them!
KRISTV.COM Mobile Website
Get KRISTV.com on your mobile or PDA!
KRISTV.COM Mobile Apps
Get our mobile apps on your mobile or PDA!
Texas Lottery
See the latest winning numbers!
6 News Team
Read about your favorite KRIS-TV personalities!
FCC Online Public File
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and more