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Behind the scenes:building a Parade of Lights float

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The 15th annual Parade of Lights will dazzle the streets of downtown Rapid City Saturday night.

With 91 entries this year, the annual tradition is sure to light up the night.

But before the lights travel down Main Street and St. Joe, a lot of hard work goes into creating and building these beautiful floats.

Building, painting, and planning; it's all part of the preparation.

"It's going to look exactly like the iPhone, but an 8 foot version of it," said John Rodriguez, owner of Zojai Mobile Apps.

Rodriguez says his family always enjoys the parade of lights; so this year he decided to enter a float.

"Since this is our first year in business we figured it would be a real neat way to introduce our business to the community and participate in the Festival of Lights," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, along with family and friends spent hours preparing their first attempt at a float.

"Considering the first I-phone we messed up probably altogether we're pushing almost 30 hours and that's not including tonight and tomorrow during the day, so we still got a lot of work ahead of us," said Rodriguez.

A lot of work on a new version-with only one day to go. Rodriguez says even his kids are eager to finish the project.

"They are so excited, thanksgiving yesterday we were still working on it- that's how excited they are-we're not worried about the turkey, we want to get the float ready. So they are super excited," said Rodriguez.

And with all hands on deck working to finish the float in time for the parade, Rodriguez is already planning for next year.

"I think what we're going to do next year we want to be able to have the I-phone where it's actually rotating screens, just really, really neat; take it to a whole other level," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez and his team's finished project- all lit up- will make its debut Saturday during the Parade of Lights.

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