I think the Brigham Young University float should have won the Brigham Young
Award. What do the various awards represent anyway? Saying that a float won a
certain award (other than sweepstakes or theme and a few others) doesn't
mean a lot unless we are told what the various awards represent.
Just a few more awards and every float can get one!
When we lived in SLC, people in our stake asked if anyone wanted to donate money
or materials for the float they were making. It was low pressure, they were
trying hard not to make anyone feel obligated but letting them know they could
participate. I'm guessing it's funded through private donations.
No trying to sound rash or anything. But I think this parade is deserving of
some national coverage. It's celebrating not only the LDS faith and
it's marvelous journey to the west. But celebrates the reason we're
the United States of America! Freedom Of Religion!
I have the same question, why did BYU not carry the parade. When we were
younger, we and all ofour family would not miss the parade down Main Street.
It was a wonderful family activity, later a family picnic was held some place
to continue to celebrate our ancestors challenges aa they cross those many miles
by wagon, or handcart. Now that I don't livein Utah, and am in my late
80's I really Miss the 24th of July parade. Maybe next year it will be on
It would have been nice to see the parade and all of its floats and
personalitieson TV.This is kind of like a miniature version of
the Rose Parade that happens everyNew Year's Day. Pasadena and Los
Angeles don't keep "their" parade all to themselves.It is
seen Worldwide via Local and National TV networks to a bigger than Just
CaliforniaAudience. The Church OWNS both KSL-TV and BYU-TV,
with BYU-TV being the service that travels nationwide and worldwide, WELL BEYOND
just Utah.In years past BYU-TV did give us, who live beyond
Utah's borders, coverage ofthe Pioneer Day Parade. But not this year
or last year.What do we tell the kids about why we (here in
California) can Not see the paradewhen their cousins in Utah Can See It on
"their" TV?? Is Not the purpose of BYU-TV to bring the
Church together from places all around the World?? What Happened??
I'm asking a sincere question. As a member of the church away from SLC and
this tremendous parade, I've always been interested in how the various
stake floats are funded. Do the funds come from stake budgets, or do stakes
accept donations to cover the expense of the floats? This is not meant to be a
snide question. I'd like an appropriate response. Thank you.