Behind the Scenes of the Sun Bowl Parade

POSTED: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 1:07pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 6:49pm

EL PASO - Volunteers were hard at work this morning inside a Central El Paso warehouse, putting the final touches onto 23 floats that will soon be making their way down Montana Street in the 74th annual Firstlight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade.

Parade chairman Jim Lawrence oversees the work. Each float is designed and built by different teams competing for the title of "best float." And it's no easy task.

"The floats are labor intensive. We started in July with construction and with the exception of a few weekends, we've been here every weekend since," said Lawrence.

There is one important step before the floats hit the street. A lot of the floats are built around actual vehicles, so the fire department wants to make sure the driver inside is safe.

"Do they have good visibility.? Can they get out of the float if something happens? Do they have a fire extinguisher so if a small fire starts they can knock it out as quickly as possible," said Calvin Shanks with the El Paso Fire Department.

The parade starts tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and travels down Montana from Ochoa to Copia.
NewsChannel 9 will broadcast the parade live if you can't see it in person.

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