Thousands gather downtown for Utah's longest running parade

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  • colleen peters Portage, MI
    July 25, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    I thought I made a comment on how I was so connected to this Parade my entire life. As a child when I suffered heat illness watching with my Mom on Fifth South and Main; as an adult when I covered the parade for five or seven years as a reporter for The DesNus in the 1940's and with my own children, watching from the offices of SL Chamber of Commerce, 2nd South and Main, part of my "middle-north run" beat and where my husband worked. Miss it, you bet I do. colleen moore peters

  • colleen peters Portage, MI
    July 25, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    I remember the parade when Mom and I stood at Fifth South and Main to watch and I usually got ill from heat. Then I remember the six or seven years I covered the Parade for the DesNus when I worked as middle-north run reporter and that was part of my "beat". Too I remember taking my young son to see it and we watched from the windows of SL Chamber of Commerce (also on my beat) in air conditioning. I thought of it this year and hoped that some of my four granddaughters living in SL and Provo got to see it. Thanks for the yarn,brought many memories which I have written in my memoirs. Colleen Moore Peters

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    July 24, 2012 9:56 p.m.

    Personally, I don't see anything wrong with 'this picture'.

    I miss the parade. My father took us when we were small, living in Provo; before we moved to Washington state. Good memories of a wonderful tradition.

    Now, I take my little girls to our local Founder's Day Parade in the nearby town. They also throw candy and some of the people in the parade come by and give the kids a high five. It makes them smile; what could be wrong with that.

    Sometimes we throw away traditions that help to keep us anchored because we are a bit short sighted and only experience the noise, the mess and the unpadded seating. We have forgotten too much about our history and are floundering a bit; trying to re-invent the wheel, as it were.

    How did the lyricist frame it? I love a parade? I do, as well as the band and the orchestra and so much that was once good and unifying about our society.

  • David in CA Livermore, CA
    July 24, 2012 7:51 p.m.

    We who live ouside of Utah were denied the opportunity to see the parade this time. Over the past decade or so we DID have that opportunity via BYU-TV. But this year BYU-TV did
    NOT give us that chance. They decided, we suppose, that Re-runs of Dog shows or Miley Cyrus' dad playing doctor or some other MUCH repeated inane shows were a better choice.

    The new thinking at BYU-TV is appaling. That station USED to be a beacon for the Gospel and the LDS Culture. Now it's very little of that anymore. No more Education Week
    seminars or other such programming that enriches Spirituality. I guess they're trying to be another PBS clone most of the time. The only strong element of BYU now seems to be the Sports. Sports is good and is expected on a university TV outlet, BUT there's more to life
    than just Sports.

    SHAME on BYU-TV!! for NOT allowing the rest of the world to participate in the Days of '47 Parade. We're sure President Monson was in the Parade. Hopefully a spirit of "Repentance" will happen before next year's Parade.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 24, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    All that hubbub about throwing candy and the motorcycle cops are riding the curb doing high-fives.
    What is wrong with this picture?

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    July 24, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    Oh the wonderful memories of attending the parade with my family when we lived in Murray Utah. We are so grateful for our pioneer heritage, and it was and is a wonderful way to teach our decendants of the wonderful history of the State of Utah.