This year's favorite float in Auburn's Holiday Parade was created by Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' SkillsUSA students. The train-themed float, inspired by the movie "The Polar Express," placed first in the annual parade.
"It felt really good to win because it was a lot of work to design and build the float," said SkillsUSA student Matt.
The floats are judged based on creativity, holiday theme, enthusiasm of those participating, and ability to identify the group that created the float, according to Downtown Auburn BID Executive Director Stephanie DeVito.
Matt and classmate Dakota, both high school seniors from Cato-Meridian CSD, are part of the SkillsUSA group that made the float. Students from nearly every CTE program at CO BOCES participated in the float's production, which took just under a month to complete.
"It was a group effort," said Dakota.
The float twinkled, played music, and glistened with a cloud-like fog.
"We had a generator on the front of the float that ran the lights, fog machine, and music," said Matt.
How long does it take to break down an award-winning float?
"Two days," said Dakota.
Congratulations, SkillsUSA students!