Pioneers Honored in Salt Lake City’s Annual Days of ’47 Parade

Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News editor

  • 25 July 2019

A float decorated with a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints passes by onlookers during the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

Thousands gathered on the streets of downtown Salt Lake City July 24 to watch the annual Days of ’47 Parade. Church units in the area sponsored floats representing the parade theme, “Journey of Hope: A Pioneer’s Legacy.” Elder Craig C. Christensen, a General Authority Seventy and President of the Utah Area, represented The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the parade. Following are photographs of some of the floats and entries in the parade.

Overseas Chinese LDS Pioneers march in the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

First Lady Jeanette Herbert and Gov. Gary Herbert wave by during the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

The Days of ’47 Parade heads down 200 East in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

A crowd watches the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

Yunung Lin marches with the Overseas Chinese LDS Pioneers in the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

Children watch a horseman with the Consulate of Mexico pass by during the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

The Mormon Battalion Color Guard marches in the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

Mormon pioneers march with a float decorated with seagulls during the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

The crowd applauds during the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

Children play with bubbles as the marines’ parade entry passes by during the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

Virginia Guilbert waits to march with the parade entry representing the Mormon Battalion at the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

People walk underneath the American flag during the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

The Days of ’47 Parade stretches down South 200 East Street in downtown Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Colter Peterson, Deseret News.

Elder Craig C. Christensen, President of the Utah Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his granddaughter, Ellie Call, wave at the crowds from their vehicle during the Days of ’47 Parade in downtown Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Colter Peterson, Deseret News.

Mark Bezzant, right, and Colleen Bezzant pull a handcart with the Sons of Utah Pioneers during the Days of ’47 Parade in downtown Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Colter Peterson, Deseret News.

The KSL float makes its way down the parade route during the Days of ’47 Parade in downtown Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Colter Peterson, Deseret News.

To a Naivalca, with the Liahona Alumni Band, performs for parade watchers during the Days of ’47 Parade in downtown Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Colter Peterson, Deseret News.

Hundreds pack South Temple street as the Days of ’47 Parade passes by in downtown Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Colter Peterson, Deseret News.

Elder Craig C. Christensen, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, participates in the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.