Great Lakes Aquarium Gears up for Christmas City of the North Parade

By KBJR News 1

November 13, 2012 Updated Nov 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM) -- Members of the Great Lakes Aquarium are assembling their float for the Christmas City of the North parade.

This year's theme? It's all about the octopus..."Einstein" the octopus that is.

In years past, the aquarium's floats were either sewn or nailed together, but this year, the primary material is papier-mâché.

It's just one of many floats you'll see during the parade this Friday.

"We like to showcase exhibit or new animal every year. And we got Einstein in April when he was about this big, and now he's about this big. But he's not this big-its makes a much better looking float, so this would be a giant pacific octopus," said Mary Pensak, the Duluth Aquarium Float Coordinator.

Pensak says all of the materials to build the float cost less than $100.

The Christmas City of the North Parade kicks off this Friday at 6:20 in the evening just outside the KBJR studios.