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Parade-Goers Grab Front Row Seats

Parade-Goers Grab Front Row Seats

Posted - Jul. 23, 2004 at 4:22 p.m.



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Shelley Osterloh reporting Pioneer Day brings parades, carnivals, historic re-enactments, not to mention thousands of backyard barbecues.

But the big event for many is tomorrow's Days of 47 KSL 5 parade. And people are already camped out near Liberty Park, to get a good spot for the parade.

Julie Seguera: "It's actually a tradition. I have been doing it since I was nine years old, and this is my grandbaby. So, I had to show her what it's all about."

Celeste Carter: "It's fun to sleep out. We stay up all night and hang out and talk a lot."

If you'd like to get a front row seat, here are the rules, according to the Salt Lake City police department:

  • Can't claim a spot before 8 pm tonight
  • You may physically occupy a spot
  • Cannot claim space for others with ropes or barricades
  • No enclosed shelters (trailers or tents)
  • Do not obstruct public right of way (driveway, sidewalk)
  • Do not park along parade route
  • No dogs

The police department has about a hundred officers on the route, plus 40 crossing guards. So the area will be well patroled tonight and tomorrow. And police intend to crack down on people selling things along the parade route. You have to have a business license or a solicitor permit in order to sell.

So where will the parade go? It starts at 9 am at This is the Place monument at Main Street and goes east on South Temple, turns south on 200 East, then east on 900 South and ends up at Liberty Park -- which is 600 East.

If you'd rather watch the parade from home, you can see it all right here on Channel 5 starting at 8 am.

And after the parade, activities at Liberty Park start up, with booths and entertainment all day, ending with fireworks.

There are many other things to do. Tonight and all day tomorrow, Bountiful celebrates Handcart Days with a carnival at Bountiful City Park. The Handcart Days Parade gets underway at 6pm, and there's fireworks tonight at 9:45.

There's a Heritage Festival at Thanksgiving Point with all sorts of activities tonight till 9 pm, and starting up again tomorrow at 3.

There are things going on at This is the Place Heritage Park, as well.

The rodeo takes place tonight and tomorrow at the Delta Center.

And tommorow night at Deer Valley, the Utah Symphony and Opera present an outdoor concert.

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