Out-of-town visitors have booked motel rooms, people are pitching tents and camping out in the Main Street heat, and downtown Salt Lake City has been decorated.
The parade is coming to town.At 9 a.m. July 25, the annual Days of '47 Parade will begin winding its way down Main Street. Although July 24 is the day Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, the celebration was moved forward a day because the holiday fell on a Sunday.
Thousands of people are expected to pack the streets Monday morning to watch the hundreds of floats, marching bands, horses, clowns and other novelties journey down Main Street to Ninth South, then east to Liberty Park.
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Thousands more will watch the parade on television, as stations KTVX-Channel 4 and KSL-Channel 5 broadcast live coverage.
Touted as one of the largest of its type in the country, the Days of '47 Parade extravaganza will include more than 164 entries, including floats with historical and civic themes, more than 20 bands, community and political leaders who will wave from horse-drawn carriages and old-fashioned cars, and clowns to tempt children with balloons and magic tricks.
Days of '47 Queen Anne Madsen and attendants Elizabeth Nebeker and Maria Matthews will oversee the event and the famous Budweiser Clydesdales will strut through the streets, pulling their 3 1/2-ton red beer wagon.
Runners from the Deseret News Marathon will make their way past the parade spectators about an hour before the parade is scheduled to begin. The parade route is part of the 26-mile race, which will begin at 5:15 a.m. Saturday and end at Liberty Park.
A sunrise service will be held before the parade at 7 a.m. on Temple Square. Elder Glenn L. Rudd of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak and the Millcreek LDS Region Choir will provide entertainment.
The Jaycees will host a chuck-wagon breakfast from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Second South between Richards Street and Main Street. The breakfast will feature bagels, fruit, pastries, juice, coffee and milk. All items will be sold for 50 cents.
More celebrations will begin in Liberty Park as the parade disbands.
At 11 a.m., the Neighbor Fair will get under way in the park. Sponsored by non-profit organizations, the fair is intended to raise money for community programs. Mexican, Chinese and Greek foods will be sold, as well as hot dogs and ice cream.
A number of activities and games, including children's face-painting, a moon walk and basketball and baseball competitions, will take place throughout the day. Entertainment will be provided by local performing groups.
Pioneer Trail State Park will hold a celebration beginning at 1 p.m. Activities include music, dramatic readings, country games and tours of the historic Deseret Village. Admission is $1 for adults, 50 cents for children.
A matinee performance of world championship rodeo will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Salt Palace arena. At 7:30 p.m. the rodeo will end its weeklong performances with some last-minute Wild West action.
A 9:45 p.m. fireworks display at Liberty Park will conclude this year's Days of '47 celebration.