Check out 59 of the most amazing floats from past Days of '47 parades

Tom Smart, Deseret News
The Days of '47 Parade is one of the oldest parades in the U.S., and on Monday July 25, (Pioneer Day, July 24 falls on Sunday this year) 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. Parade enthusiasts got a sneak peak of some of this year's floats last week at the South Towne Expo Center. 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 more than a decade 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.

Farmington, UT

Having been involved in a team that built one of these highlighted floats years ago I can tell you that there were no "million dollar" donations that made them possible. There were hundreds of hours from youth to adults through-out our stake with a modest budget. Each ward contributed time and creativity and the float bed was a historic relic that almost didn't make it---used in many past parades with a 1976 chevy smoking motor. My neighbor donated supplies from his company---one of many donors. The float message was as much fun as the float itself and was used in teaching that the work of our Heavenly Father never ends. Thank you to the many thousands who volunteer each year to make this parade possible.

to each their own

I would like to see the floats, but I'm NOT giong to click,k click, click to go through a "list".

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