The streets of Salt Lake City are filled with horses, motorcycles, clowns and — most noticeably — fantastical floats created out of wood, foam and sparkles (among other things) at the annual Days of '47 Parade.
Here's a photographic look at how Days of '47 Parade floats have changed over time, starting with the 1897 parade and working forward.
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This horse-drawn float carrying a huge beehive was one of the entries in the July 24, 1897 parade. The event marked a half century since pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley.
The Pioneer Jubilee parade occurred on July 24, 1897, and celebrated 50 years in the Salt lake Valley, as well as the state's first year of statehood. This photo shows a dragon float moving down the streets of Salt Lake City.
A float representing Utah County is pulled by horses in the 1897 Pioneer Jubilee celebrating the 50th anniversary of the arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.
This photograph shows switchboard workers riding on a Utah Independent Telephone Company float in the 1905 Pioneer Day Parade.
A group of Franciscan monks ride in the Pioneer Day Parade at Liberty Park.
This 1912 photograph shows a group of men from the Salt Lake Pressed Brick Company posing for a photograph on Main Street during the Pioneer Day celebration.
This undated photo from an early Days of '47 parade shows a float depicting the silkworm industry in Utah
This photo shows the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company Pioneer Day float parked on State Street.
This 1924 Pioneer Day parade float honored Christopher Columbus.
The Deseret News float takes part in the "Utah Covered Wagon Days" — which was later renamed Days of '47 — parade in 1937
At right is the Sons of Utah Pioneers' float depicting 98 years of progress, contrasting the village smithy with the might steel mills of today.
KSL's reproduction of the Old Salt Lake Theater, with Vivian Dixon and Perry Driggs, Jr. occupying a box seat, took second prize in the 1945 parade contest.
This float depicting the accomplishments of the pioneers mothers was entered in the parade by the Southeast Furniture Company, 1947.
This photo from the Days of '47 Parade shows a float moving down the parade route.
This bas-relief map of the world was topped by flags of the nations. It was entered by the Paris Co.
The Deseret News float in the 1947 Days of '47 Parade was mounted with a huge Liberty Bell and portrayed freedom of speech and religion.
This float by the Auerbach's department store in the 1947 parade featured flags from around the world.
This float from the 1947 Days of '47 parade — the 100th anniversary of the pioneer's arrival in the Salt Lake Valley — features a merry-go-round and a ferris wheel.
This 1947 ZCMI float from the Days of '47 parade featured live music.
A colorful globe of the world appears on the Eldredge Ward float depicting LDS converts from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. Some 30 ward floats in the 1959 parade were themed to historical events.
This colorful float entitled, "The Flag of 1860," was entered by the Garden Park Ward.
Miss Utah Carolyn Lasater waves to the Days of '47 parade watchers from the traditional ZCMI-sponsored flag float, which took second place honors in the big business division in 1961.
A float moves down Main Street in the 1961 Days of '47 Parade with the Salt Lake City Temple and the statue of Brigham Young statue in the background.
Raising cotton in Washington County was memorizlied in one of the floats reminding Utahns of the early efforts the pioneers made to help Dixie prosper. The float won the historical division honors in the 1961 parade.
The first place winner among historical floats in the 1963 parade was this one of the Belvedere Second Ward showing the barque "Rowena."
Orem Jaycees won first place in the out-of-town float division with "Splash Down," a replica of the space capsule. Miss Orem and her court were mermaids.
Typical of the beauty of those riding floats and of the construction of entries is this Paris-All Debutante Models Float.
The colorful float carrying the Days of '47 queen turns onto Main Street amid the cheers of viewers as Frank Nebeker directs the units into parade lineup.
This elaborate Holladay 14th Ward float, which appeared in the 1969 parade, depicts the founding of ZCMI.
In this 1972 photo, Monument Park Ward's float portrays Brigham Young's private railroad car in pastel colors.
The Emigration 1st Branch float depicts Utah's provisional government in this 1974 photograph.
"A Child's Fantasy, Then and Now," was selected as the best float entry in the 1975 Days of '47 Parade.
Days of '47 royalty wave from atop a float during the Pioneer Day festivities in 1975.
The Days of '47 1976 parade's top float was entered by the Primary Children's Medical Center. It was entitled, "All Great Americans Were Once Children."
The Hunter 1st Ward 1976 float depicted the Tabernacle organ in the background with Brigham Young speaking from the pulpit.
Imperial 1st Ward's float received the President's Award in the Days of '47 Parade, 1978.
The Sweepstakes winner in 1978 was the Butler 3rd Ward's colorful depiction of the Mormon Battalion's long march.
The "Territory of Utah — State House — Fillmore" was named the grand sweepstakes winner as the best entry in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City, 1979.
Days of '47 Queen Cheer Hansen and attendant lead the colorful parade down the crowd-jammed Main Street in 1979.
The Primary Children's Medical Center float was the winner of the queen's award for big business in 1979.
A Relief Society float shows the many circles of a woman's influence, 1980.
A float depicting the Mormon Battalion was the Sweepstakes winner in 1980.
A replica of the University of Desert won the Best Float in Parade Award for the Taylorsville, Utah, 4th Ward in 1982.
The Sweepstakes winner in 1983 was entitled "Jupiter," and was entered by the Union 23rd Ward.
ZCMI's colorful float, a cluster of balloons in a cloud, captured the Queen's Award, 1983
Provo's red, white and blue "AmericaFest — Show Your Colors" float was the days of '47 1984 parade Sweepstakes winner.
The Greek community float in the parade provided a salute to the first Olympics.
The Sandy 20th Ward's majestic red, white and blue eagle, 38 feet long, was the parade's sweepstakes award winner in 1987.
This 1997 photo from the Days of '47 parade shows a float going past spectators near Temple Square.
This 1998 photo shows the Bountiful Orchard Stake float, "Tracks to Zion--143,000 Pioneer Immigrants."
This 2002 photo from the Days of '47 parade features the Brigham Young University float.
A float sponsored by Walmart entitled "Primary Children's Hospital a Legacy of Helping Sick Kids" moves down the street during the Days of '47 parade Saturday, July 23, 2005.
The Farmington Utah LDS Stake float won the Sweepstakes and the People's Choice awards during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City Thursday, July 24, 2008.
The Riverton Stake float, winner of the Spirit of Faith Award, moves down the street in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
The Midvale Utah Stake won the Children's Choice award in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The parade celebrates the 1847 arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley.