HOUSTON Eight artists were hard at work Wednesday in a Houston warehouse on the north side where they are making all six specialty floats for Houston s Thanksgiving Day parade next week.

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Studio3 Inc. is the company the city of Houston hired for the job. It is run by a third-generation float maker originally from Italy. His company is now based in New Orleans where Studio3 Inc. makes Mardi Gras floats.

One float Studio3 Inc. is making will pay tribute to Houston as a global metropolis with beautiful skyscrapers.

We re building a replica of the Houston skyline around it, said company owner Jonathan Bertuccelli.

Another features a crowd-pleasing turkey with parts that move, plus he will spin, Bertuccelli said.

As for the main attraction:

There s the Santa Claus float, which is kind of a float and kind of a fire truck. You ll see. It s a surprise, he said.

Bertuccelli s team will have to build the six floats in half the usual time. They were called in late in the game after the Houston Festival Foundation went belly up and sold all the old parade floats to a border city.

Right now we re doing 12 hours, but we re really thinking it s going to go up pretty soon, said artist Aly Adduci.

After the Studio3 Inc. crew gets the floats to the parade start line, they have to dismantle and store them. Bertuccelli said they may get some rest by the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

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