More than 1,200 horses will clip-clop down the streets of Salt Lake City Monday night during the Days of '47 Annual All-Horse Parade. The parade opens the Days of '47 World Champion Rodeo, held in the Salt Palace July 18-25.
Hundreds of horses from throughout the intermountain region will participate in the event and compete for more than $2,000 in trophies and cash prizes. Entries include riding clubs and posses, costume groups and horse and pony drawn vehicles.Gov. Norm Bangerter and other prominent Salt Lake citizens will appear in the parade on horseback or in horse drawn carriages. Bill McHenry, owner and operator of Bill and Nada's Cafe for more than 43 years, will be the grand marshal. He has participated in the all-horse parade for more than 27 years.
The parade begins at 6 p.m. at the intersection of South Temple and West Temple. It will travel east to Main Street, south to Fourth South, west to Second West, north to Second South, then west to Third West and disperse. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event.
The parade kicks off the opening of the Days of '47 Rodeo, which begins at 7:30 Monday night. The rodeo is approved by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and is one of the largest in the world.
World champion cowboys and cowgirls will compete for an estimated $140,000 in prize money on some of the toughest stock in the country.
The competition will include bull riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, bull fighting and wild cow milking.
Nationally known Western singer Rex Allen Jr. and the Tommy Lucia review will are the special guest stars. The rodeo will be held July 18-25 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance July 25 at 2:30 p.m. Ticketing information is available through the Salt Palace ticket office.
The Days of '47 Celebration has been in full swing all month. The festivities began July 7 with the selection of a mini-royalty and an old-fashioned family picnic. On July 11, KSL sponsored "The Days of '47 Evening At Home," which included televised performances by country Western singing and special guest stars. The annual Pops Concert was held July 15 and included performances from local and guest bands.
Friday night, square dancers from all over Utah were swirling in the streets during the annual square dancing extravaganza. A portion of Main Street, between First South and South Temple, was closed off for the big event. Dancers clad in colorful shirts and frilly skirts doe-si-doed and promenaded well into the night.
Saturday morning, thousands of children marched in the Day's of '47 Youth Parade, deemed the largest in the country. (See story on B1.) Colorful floats and children dressed as everything from pioneers to storybook characters marched down Main Street.
The Days of '47 celebration will continue through July 25, culminating with the Deseret News Marathon and the Days of '47 Parade. The calendar of events includes:
July 20 - Marriott's Annual Round Up, daily through July 25. Pioneer decor, activities, entertainment, floor show programs and door prizes.
July 22 - A pioneer carnival at Pioneer Trails State Park 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through July 25. Games, exhibits and music.
July 25 - Deseret News Marathon, 5:15 a.m. A 26-mile foot race, entries of all ages. Sunrise services at the Temple Square Tabernacle, 7 a.m. Choir selections and speeches from General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Days of '47 Parade, 9 a.m. Floats, bands, horses, clowns, entertainment.