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2013 Days of '47 Parade

Annual parade honors valley's Mormon Pioneers

Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Salt Lake City on July 24 to cheer colorful floats and festive bands and remember Utah's rich pioneer heritage.

The West Jordan River Stake's float won the Legacy Award at the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24.
The West Jordan River Stake's float won the Legacy Award at the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24. Photo: Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The annual Days of '47 Parade is one of the oldest in the nation and part of a long-standing tradition in Utah; the first recorded Pioneer Day celebration in the Salt Lake Valley took place on July 24, 1849.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, serves as grand marshal for the Days of '47 Parade.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, serves as grand marshal for the Days of '47 Parade. Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

More than 100 entries — many of which were sponsored by local LDS stakes and Church-affiliated organizations — were part of this year's parade. Each represented variations on the parade theme: "Pioneers — Our Anchor for the Future." One of the parade entries represented the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii, celebrating its 50th anniversary.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, served as the parade's grand marshal, riding along the route with his wife, Harriet.

A float created by the Sandy Utah Cottonwood Creek Stake celebrated the sacrifice of early pioneers who came to Zion as part of the Perpetual Emigration Fund and modern-day pioneers who sacrifice to get an education through the Perpetual Education Fund. A large wind at the back of the float blows "us from one era, to the next and into the future," said Jackie Miller, chairwoman of the stake's float committee. "Through the winds of time [pioneers of all eras] are able to fly to a better future."

The Riverton Utah Stake float was made of a huge ark and celebrated the Old Testament prophet Noah. "Noah's example anchors our youth," said Brian Thacker, a member of the float committee. The float was dedicated to the memory of late stake president Jim Mickelsen, who died last year.

Leslie Lorimer said the float sponsored by the Salt Lake Olympus Stake celebrated the pioneers who aimed to anchor their lives to the "Good Ship Zion." They were promised by President Brigham Young that if they "remained with the ship, they would get to where they wanted to be," said Sister Lorimer.

Elder L. Tom Perry is surrounded by people who want to talk to him as he leaves the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Elder L. Tom Perry is surrounded by people who want to talk to him as he leaves the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

She said as stake members were constructing the float, they determined the good ship would be filled with symbols from the temple. "We made the temple the focus," she said.

The Salt Lake Olympus Stake's float won the Sweepstakes Award and the People's Choice Award during the Days of '47 Parade.  Thousands lined the streets and cheered the various floats passing by.
The Salt Lake Olympus Stake's float won the Sweepstakes Award and the People's Choice Award during the Days of '47 Parade. Thousands lined the streets and cheered the various floats passing by. Photo: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Harriet, ride in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Harriet, ride in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The whole method of creating a float was a "strenuous process," she said. However, "pulling together to do something big was a sweet experience," she added, noting that 500 Primary children, 200 youth and 400 volunteers from the stake worked on the float. "It is a measure of devotion and a joyful expression of the love we have for God and each other."

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The Bountiful Utah North Stake float, winner of the Outstanding Animation Award.
The Bountiful Utah North Stake float, winner of the Outstanding Animation Award. Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
People wave to a passing float in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
People wave to a passing float in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Bountiful North Stake's float won the Outstanding Animation Award at the Days of 47 KSL 5 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Bountiful North Stake's float won the Outstanding Animation Award at the Days of 47 KSL 5 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
A member of the Salt Lake Olympus Stake wears her Chuck Taylors while marching in the Days of 47 KSL 5 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
A member of the Salt Lake Olympus Stake wears her Chuck Taylors while marching in the Days of 47 KSL 5 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Americanas riders balance on two horses in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Americanas riders balance on two horses in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Salt Lake East Mill Creek Stake float, winner of the Utah Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Salt Lake East Mill Creek Stake float, winner of the Utah Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Sons of the Utah Pioneers march in the Days of 47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Sons of the Utah Pioneers march in the Days of 47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Tane Falevai dances with the Polynesian Cultural Center in the Days of '47  Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Tane Falevai dances with the Polynesian Cultural Center in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
The Mormon Battalion prepares to march in the Days of '47  Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
The Mormon Battalion prepares to march in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Children with the Sons of the Utah Pioneers pull a handcart in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Children with the Sons of the Utah Pioneers pull a handcart in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Charlie Sweeten carries the same flag that he carried during the 1957 parade at the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Only 48 stars are sewn on this flag.
Charlie Sweeten carries the same flag that he carried during the 1957 parade at the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Only 48 stars are sewn on this flag. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
The crowd waves to President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
The crowd waves to President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Tane Falevai dances with the Polynesian Cultural Center in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Tane Falevai dances with the Polynesian Cultural Center in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Grantsville High's Rachel Only performs during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Grantsville High's Rachel Only performs during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Jeanette Herbert and her husband, Gov. Gary Herbert, wave to the crowd during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Jeanette Herbert and her husband, Gov. Gary Herbert, wave to the crowd during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Whitney Stuart, 9, of North Ogden dances during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Whitney Stuart, 9, of North Ogden dances during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
The Salt Lake Riverside Stake won the Theme Award at the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
The Salt Lake Riverside Stake won the Theme Award at the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
BYU won the Queen's Award at the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
BYU won the Queen's Award at the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
The Murray City Royalty waves to the crowd during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The float won the Brigham Young Award.
The Murray City Royalty waves to the crowd during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The float won the Brigham Young Award. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Salt Lake Granger South Stake float, winner of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Salt Lake Granger South Stake float, winner of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Murray City float, winner of the Brigham Young Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Murray City float, winner of the Brigham Young Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Bluffdale City float in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Bluffdale City float in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
West Valley City float, winner of the Hilda Erickson Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
West Valley City float, winner of the Hilda Erickson Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Salt Lake Olympus Stake float, winner of the Sweepstakes Award and People's Choice Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Salt Lake Olympus Stake float, winner of the Sweepstakes Award and People's Choice Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
BYU float in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
BYU float in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
West Jordan River Stake, winner of the Legacy Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
West Jordan River Stake, winner of the Legacy Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
West Jordan River Stake, winner of the Legacy Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
West Jordan River Stake, winner of the Legacy Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Salt Lake Little Cottonwood Stake float in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Salt Lake Little Cottonwood Stake float in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Salt Lake Riverside Stake float, winner of the Theme Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Salt Lake Riverside Stake float, winner of the Theme Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Salt Lake Riverside Stake float, winner of the Theme Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Salt Lake Riverside Stake float, winner of the Theme Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Polynesian Cultural Center float, winner of the President's Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Polynesian Cultural Center float, winner of the President's Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Sandy Utah Cottonwood Creek float, and winner of the Sons of the Utah Pioneer Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Sandy Utah Cottonwood Creek float, and winner of the Sons of the Utah Pioneer Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Centerville Utah South Stake float, winner of the Children's Choice Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Centerville Utah South Stake float, winner of the Children's Choice Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Centerville Utah South Stake float, winner of the Children's Choice Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Centerville Utah South Stake float, winner of the Children's Choice Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Days of '47 Royalty ride in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Days of '47 Royalty ride in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
From the left, Kyleigh Rye, Kaitlyn Rye and Aubrey Luna judge passing floats in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
From the left, Kyleigh Rye, Kaitlyn Rye and Aubrey Luna judge passing floats in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Nancy Bittner holds a sign up for passing horses and riders at the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Nancy Bittner holds a sign up for passing horses and riders at the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
People wave to a passing float in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
People wave to a passing float in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Sandy Utah Cottonwood Creek float, and winner of the Sons of the Utah Pioneer Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Sandy Utah Cottonwood Creek float, and winner of the Sons of the Utah Pioneer Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Polynesian Cultural Center float, winner of the President's Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Polynesian Cultural Center float, winner of the President's Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Riverton Stake float, winner of the Spirit of Faith Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Riverton Stake float, winner of the Spirit of Faith Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Salt Lake East Mill Creek Stake float, winner of the Utah Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Salt Lake East Mill Creek Stake float, winner of the Utah Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News