For decades, Jonathon Bertuccelli and his father have built some of the most iconic floats in Houston's H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. But Bertuccelli said, on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, this year is special.
"This parade will obviously be a happy and positive note, right after this terrible storm, and it’s needed,” he said.
The parade celebrates what Houston embodies: Houston is Thankful; Houston is Strong; Houston is Tradition; and Houston is Family.
Photos: Sneak peak of H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade floats
"We Houstonians have been through a lot this year, but we’re resilient and that’s the one great thing about Houstonians,” said Cyndy Garza-Roberts, Director of Public Affairs for H-E-B Houston. “We’re always resilient and with resilience, comes thankfulness.”
The new floats include a giant armadillo, a super-sized butterfly made out of metal and a massive alligator gar.
And, as a tribute a local hero who helped so many people during and after the storm, Gallery Furniture’s “Mattress Mack” will be riding on a new float complete with a recliner from his store.
"He's definitely a Harvey hero, and he was already a hero. We just kinda want to make him a king on this parade”, says artist and float maker Melissa Eason.
Whether you choose to watch the parade from your own recliner or in person, Houston is looking forward to giving thanks after Harvey.