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Thanksgiving parade floats move to different warehouse space

Thanksgiving parade floats move to different warehouse space
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 2:07pm

Volunteers are hard at work putting the final touches on the Thanksgiving parade floats.  This year, the floats are being constructed and stored in a new warehouse in East El Paso.

Industrial Real Estate agent Bret Preston talks to building owners who have a large, empty building, and he convinces them to let the Sun Bowl Association use it rent free.

"It's a good use of space if you have a space that's been sitting kind of idle and most owners get it and they want to contribute," said Preston, who's been helping out for about 13 years.

This year, he found a new, larger space for the floats.  The warehouse is 40,000 square feet.

The volunteers working on the floats said they appreciate the extra space, even though they've had to make some minor changes to accommodate the size of the floats.

"We had to knock a big hole in the wall and put in double doors for the floats to come in," said Dennis Dwyer, Float Project Chairman for the Downtown Lions Club.

The new building also has a lower ceiling than the last one, but Dwyer said they found a solution for that, too.

"We had trees last year but they were a foot and a half taller. We had to cut every treetop off a d lower it by a foot and a half," he said.

Dwyer added that it is all part of doing whatever it takes to make sure the floats are ready to hit the road on Thanksgiving morning.

The Thanksgiving Day parade starts at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast live on NewsChannel 9.  Noreen Jaramillo, Fred Albers, Bernie Olivas and Chuck DeBroder will be the hosts.





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