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Days of '47 Parade

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Days of '47 Parade

Re-enactment of Mormon pioneers in the 1912 Pioneer Days Parade at Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Days of '47 Parade is an annual parade presented by The Days of '47, Inc. The three-hour event is held in Salt Lake City starting at 9:00 a.m. MDT on July 24, the same day as Pioneer Day, a Utah state holiday.


  • History 1
  • Performers and acts 2
  • Television coverage 3
  • Parade route 4
  • Controversy and criticism 5
  • References 6
  • Resources 7


On July 24, 1847, Brigham Young and a company of Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, where the Latter-day Saints settled after being forced from Nauvoo, Illinois and other locations in the eastern United States. Pulling handcarts or driving wagons with oxen or horses, thousands of pioneers carried a firm commitment to America's belief in freedom of religion as they made the trek across the plains to a vast desert landscape that became known as the Utah Territory.

According to Days of '47 Inc. "This trek of the early Utah pioneers exemplifies the courage, foresight, and faith that continue to inspire modern-day pioneers. By remembering those remarkable 1847 pioneers and all those who followed, The Days of '47 seeks to make their accomplishments and hardships live today through a variety of activities and celebrations each year. We believe the example of past and present pioneers' courage is a beacon to the world."

The parade was first held on July 24, 1849. It was then known as the "Pioneer Days Parade" up until 1931. From 1931 to 1946 the parade was known as the "Covered Wagon Days Parade". Since 1947 the parade has been known by its current name.

LDS Church wards and stakes, businesses, and community groups have always sponsored floats in the parade. Recently, the parade has become more inclusive, with other churches participating and celebrating their own Utah pioneers. Native Americans march in the pre-parade, which travels down the parade route ahead of the pioneer floats. [1] The military has always been well represented, and of course it always includes horses, bands, children and queens.

From the beginning, the pioneers who arrived in the valley before 1869 were honored with a dinner each July 24. The last living pioneer died 1 Jan 1968. Her name was Hilda Erickson and she was 108 years old.

Performers and acts

In addition to the well-known floats, the parade also features live music and other performances. High school marching bands from across the state participate in the parade, and the television broadcasts feature performances by the bands.

Television coverage

The parade is televised throughout the intermountain area on NBC affiliate KSL-TV.

Parade route

The parade route starts at South Temple and Main Street, goes east to 200 East, south to 900 South, then east to Liberty Park at 600 East. Traditionally a fair is held at Liberty Park, with games and rides.

For many decades, the parade started at Temple Square, went south on Main Street, turned east at 9th South, and continued heading east toward Liberty Park where the parade always ended. Here is a link to, showing the centennial 1947 route and parade in a photograph looking south along Main Street in Salt Lake City:

Controversy and criticism

In 2014, [4]


  1. ^ Mayorga, Carlos (2008-07-20), "Powwow honors Indian culture",  
  2. ^ "Days of '47 Parade Inc. Entry Statement" (PDF). Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Gorrell, Mike. "SLC Council won’t boycott Days of ’47 Parade". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Mendenhall, Erin. "Letter: I’m passing on Days of ‘47 parade". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 


  • Official site
  • "Days of '47 Parade Has Long History". KSL (television and radio). Retrieved 2012-12-21. 

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