Check out 55 of the most amazing floats from past Days of '47 parades

Published: Thursday, July 18 2013 11:26 p.m. MDT

Tom Smart, Deseret News
The Days of '47 Parade is one of the oldest parades in the U.S., and on Wednesday July 24, people from all over the state, nation and world will gather in Salt Lake to celebrate the 1847 arrival of the pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley, as well as the modern pioneers of today. On Monday and Tuesday, July 22 and 23, parade enthusiasts will be able to get a sneak peek at the 2013 floats at the Float Preview Party in Sandy. The Days of '47 parade has featured some amazing floats in its history, and in honor of the work that goes into their creation, here's a look back at 10 years worth of these drivable works of art. >> See more: Family-friendly Pioneer Day celebrations planned across the state
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Magna, UT

All of these floats pictured are great creations. The parade is one of the best in the county.

I was expecting to see floats from years gone by based on the story title but most of the pics were less than 3 years old. DN surely has an archive of photos that date back 100 plus years. How about another story with some of those photos?

Florissant, MO

Yes the floats are awesome, and they are all in the last 11 years, I would rather see the best float for each year and give credit to those in the past that didn't have the money and resources that they have in this decade. Maybe we have also lost sight of the simplicity and the value of the humble float with the humble message. Are people really seeing the message, or are they seeing the fanfare? Kind of like going into a $1,000,000 home and it has everything you would want, but happiness and then you go into the $100,000 home filled with laughter and love. Sure the one is great to see, but wouldn't want to live there.


They missed my favorite one. I think it was called "Preserving your Heritage" or something like that. It had the soft sculptured heads in giant Mason jars. Loved it.

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