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Preparations underway for Bastille Days


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Preparations underway for Bastille Days

By Keller Russell. CREATED Jul 9, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 9, 2013

MILWAUKEE -- Tuesday's soggy weather made for a sloppy day of setting up for Bastille Days.

Crews have just three days to transform Cathedral Square into the booming French-themed festival.
While today has been wet, organizers say they're on track for Thursday's start. When the rain started coming down, crews grabbed garbage bags to keep dry and push through.
"They really work through the rain as much as they can unless it gets dangerous," said Kim Morris.
She's the executive director of East Town Association, which hosts Bastille Days.  Rain or shine, the work must go on. There are just 72 hours available to set up for the four stages and eight city blocks worth of vendors and entertainment.
"We either extend our hours or come in early, stay late whatever we need," she said.
Morris said an early start Tuesday helped them get ahead of the wet weather.  As for the evening, organizers monitor radar closely but Morris said festival preps should be fine. Tents already up are built to withstand the weather.
"They're professionals. They are stabilized for severe weather incase anything would ever pop up."
And people will be on the grounds throughout the night to monitor the equipment. No need to worry about the popular Eiffel Tower replica. It won't be put up until Wednesday when the skies are expected to clear.
"Thursday at 11 a.m. we will be 100 percent ready to go!" says Morris.
Bastille Days runs through Sunday at 9 p.m.