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Float-Making Company Prepares for World Series ParadeAired October 26, 2000 - 2:55 p.m. ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: It was Yankee Yogi Berra who said "It ain't over until it's over." But we know about what it's going to be when it's over.
NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: You should have stopped.
WATERS: Figure that one out!
ALLEN: All right, but some folks think it's already over, apparently, and Gary Tuchman has that for you.
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Inside a nondescript building in New Jersey they're preparing for one of the biggest parties of the year in New York city.
ROBERT DEVITO, BOND PARADE FLOATS: This is the ultimate parade for us, is a sports parade.
TUCHMAN: Because two New York teams are in the World Series, New York knows it's going to have a ticker-tape parade.
And Rob DeVito's company has the contract to build the floats.
DEVITO: Right now I'm not getting too much Mets stuff ready because the Yankees are up three-one, they won 15 out of the last 16 World Series games. I can't see the Mets taking them three straight.
TUCHMAN (on camera): How long have you been doing this for?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A long time, I've been doing this.
TUCHMAN (voice-over): So employees here are primarily concentrating on Yankee arts and crafts right now.
But if the Mets tie the series three to three and it goes to game seven:
DEVITO: I'll immediately start Met logos. I wouldn't wait until after game seven to do it. TUCHMAN: This company has provided the floats for the last Yankee victory parades in 1996, '98 and '99, and also does many other parades in New York city.
DEVITO: The Columbus Day parade, the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Salute to Israel Parade, the German Parade, Polish, Korean, Indian, Pakistani.
TUCHMAN: But it's a World Series parade that's tops in Rob DeVito's book; and as a Yankee fan, that's who he's rooting for.
So if they win, what happens to his Met preparation?
DEVITO: I save it. You know, the Mets have a good team, they're going to be back again next year if they don't win it this year.
TUCHMAN (on camera): So you'll hang onto it and hope for a World Series next year, maybe?
DEVITO: Of course. Going to save everything.
TUCHMAN: Unless the Yankees win it next year?
DEVITO: That would be better yet.
TUCHMAN: Most of the employees here are Yankee fans. But business is business; so, if the Mets win, they'll watch their floats in the parade with great pride and profit.
Gary Tuchman, CNN, Clifton, New Jersey.
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