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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.

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