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Floats take up late night time

December 3, 2003
Albany- This time of year, Robert Gilliam goes from wrecker driver to carpenter.

He and the guys at A-1 Wrecker Service are building the most important float for the Albany Holiday parade.

"We do the same thing everyday, 365 days a year," Gilliam said.

But on this day, they're working after hours to piece together a special seat for a famous fat man.

"We're going to have something for Santa to be in, so we're just working on it and we'll come up with something," said Owner Robert Lane.

With only a few days left before the parade, the guys have some long hours ahead of them. But they promise, Santa will have a ride. Just what this ride will look like, well, they're not telling.

"We can't give away our secret," Gilliam said. "It takes us longer to decide what we're going to do than it does to actually build it."

They may not always know what they want to build, but they know why they're doing it.

"If you notice you see a lot of people, whether they're angry or happy, show up at a Christmas parade. And they're there just to see what they can see," he said.

So what you'll see when this float passes by on Saturday will be the finished product of hard working hands and well-meaning hearts.

posted at 10:35 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com