Annual parade campout under way in Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY — Floats, band and royalty; just a few things you will see in Tuesday's Days of '47 Parade.

At 6 p.m. Monday, prime overnight camping spots along the parade route opened to the public. But some of the more diehard fans arrived downtown as early as 7 a.m. to make sure they were there when the good spots opened up.

Brianne Peterson told KSL News her family has camped out for the annual parade for the last 13 years. Getting the right spot, she said, is very important.

"We come early so we get the spot we want, next to the announcers," Peterson said. "And it's all fun and games."

The family also makes sure they get a place on the "dry side" of the street. "It's actually one of the highlights of the year to watch the people on the other side (of the street) fight the sprinklers."

If you're not a camper, you can watch the Days of '47 parade from the comfort of your home. Television coverage begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday on KSL Channel 5.

Note on 1947 video: Two years ago the Deseret News was contacted by the Snow family, which had a collection of early home movies, some of which were early color. Today, due to their generosity, you can enjoy a look back at color home movies of the "Days of 47 Parade" and dedication of the "This is the Place Monument" on July 24, 1947.

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