SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Thousands of Utahns made their way to downtown Salt Lake City for the Pioneer Day Parade to celebrate Utah’s heritage.
One hundred and seventy years ago on July 24, the pioneers, led by Brigham Young, entered the Salt Lake Valley for the first time.
“These pioneers came across fighting for something that they believed in and it’s really amazing. I love getting to celebrate that,” said Madi Dangerfield, who attended the parade with her family.
The bands, dancers, clowns, horses, old school cars and beauty queens, made their way through the streets among the spectators. Some people camped out more than 24 hours just to get a glimpse of history.
Diane Dangerfield has been camping out the night before the parade for more than 40 years. She tells ABC4 Utah that the floats have come a long way.
“It used to be people getting together sticking chicken wire and poking napkins in it to look like the fluffy stuff,” she explained to ABC4’s Brittany Johnson.
Whether it’s the fluffy stuff or the floats full of bells and whistles, the Johnson family who just moved to Utah said they’ve never seen anything like this.
“I’m not used to seeing floats this exotic or this ornate. We don’t get this very often up there in the Boise area so it’s kinda cool to see people taking pride in their area,” John Johnson said.
Although many Utahns have different reasons for attending the parade, the common theme is that Pioneer Day is all about family and learning more about the state’s history.