Local Parades: Behind the Scenes
"And I started helping her out little by little, and I started from there and now I have an entire warehouse full of them."
In a couple of hours floats will light up the city thanks in part to the creativity of Rene Cardona.
His warehouse keeps the floats he works on all year long.
"All of my hard work pays off when I see all the kids smiling and looking at the floats and have them say, ' Wow.'"
As years go by he says designs become more difficult to construct. This year's biggest challenge was a request for a Statue of Liberty weighing over 250 pounds.
Designs may vary and it all depends on what each client is requesting, but constructing one of these floats may take up to 6 months, six months and about ten meetings with clients that come to him from all around South Texas.
It is not all about the design. These floats follow regulations and inspection like any other vehicle in the state.
"Decorations are all made here in the U.S. They are all fire resistant regarding guides and all that. It's a process how they are made."
After all the fun is over and memories are created, the process starts all over again.
"Once the parade is over, we start working on the next. We dismantle and do redesign."
Carolina Garcia Pro8News.