After the floats, there's trash and tubas.
Cleaning up after a quarter million people is lousy. No comment is needed about sweeping up after horses. But for the street cleaners in Salt Lake City's Central Business District, lawn chairs and litter are part of the package.For Ron Young, a nine-year veteran of Days of '47 parades, the streets just are open garbage pits as more people crowd the streets to ooh and aah at the floats, horses and beauty queens.
"I've been nine years with the city," Young said between sweeps Monday. "It seems like the same, a little dirtier."
Among the refuse this Pioneer Day, street cleaners report cinder blocks, mattresses, blankets, broken lawn chairs and tons of paper on the parade route.
"I would say this year it's filthy," said Steve Eisenzimmer, who has spent five of his eight years with the city in the streets department. "Last year, we figured maybe two hours and we'd be done. It'll take us four hours" this year to pick up the rubbish.
South Temple between State and Main Street took on a barnyard appearance and odor before the scoopers, sweepers, blowers and flushers came along, moving out the remnants.
"We tried to cut down on our people this year and we shouldn't," said Mike Runyan, field supervisor for street cleaning in the business district. "We had about 50 people going out that blew and swept down the parade route."
Runyan doesn't even want to know the cost of cleaning and hauling the trash. And there's lots of leftovers.
"They leave chairs and blankets and anything that breaks down," said Runyan. "There's been beds (and) mattresses left here. They figure it's an easy way to get things hauled off."
And then there's the tuba.
"Somebody left it lying around on the lawn" at Liberty Park, said Sgt. Bill Shelton, as he lugged the white instrument into the police station and entered it into the lost and found. "And when they (the band members) left, he forgot his tuba."
Forgetting kids is another thing.
A half dozen kids sat in the Crime Prevention Office on Seventh East in Liberty Park after the parade and during the Neighbor Fair waiting to link up with relatives while police scanners blurted out reports of lost children.
But most lost children hook up with parents before sitting in the Crime Prevention office, said Officer Pam Grimes.
"Mainly we've had parents come in and say, `I've lost my child,' " Grimes said. "It's not a huge problem. It is to the individual when it's happening."
Grimes offered some advice to parents planning a trek to fairs and other events where crowds gather: Pin names, addresses and relatives' names on a piece of paper to the child's clothes.
For residents around the parade route, things get a little hectic.
"They started camping Thursday night and we had it roped off. But Monday morning so many people showed up" the ropes came down, said David Williams, 511 E. Ninth South. "It was neighborly and cordial."
But Williams said he did kick people off who were putting up tents in front of the house. "Tents block my view."
The view also includes a city park that looks similar to a refugee center with the tents of various colors, shapes and sizes, Williams said.
"The only reason I had such a good time is because I live here," he said.