SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Utahns are already camping out and claiming their spots for this year’s Pioneer Day Parade. Before you head downtown to check out all of the colorful floats, bands, horses, clowns, etc., here’s what you need to know:
Monday, July 24 9:00 a.m.
Route starts at South Temple and State Street.
Then runs East to 200 East.
Then turns South to 900 South.
Then turns East to 600 East (Liberty Park).
ABC4 Utah’s Brittany Johnson caught up with people who spent their entire Sunday getting ready for the big parade. Dean Webb and his wife Marla have been coming to the parade for over 20 years. Their first experience is when their stake was asked to build a float for the parade.
“We came up with an idea to build a big rose that would open and close as it went down the parade route, and in the center of the rose we had an Angel Moroni,” explained Dean. “Every time the rose would open up, people would see this rose, and people would accuse us of stealing it off the temple…and we’ve been back ever since.”
Whenever you come down to South Temple Street, you will find Dean and Marla in the same hotel, same hotel room, and same camping spot.
“Because we were working late on the float, my wife got us a room here at the Carlton Hotel so we didn’t have to go home; we could just stay here. And so every year we come back,” said Dean.
For the last five years the Tupou family has made it a tradition to camp out along the parade route one day early. They started securing their spots at 6:00 a.m. Sunday.
“Right now we’re on a rotating shift. We got the first four and there will be another four coming in to take over,” Mapa said.
You can call all of the people camping out crazy, but they say it’s all about spending time with family and making ever-lasting memories.