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Days of ’47 Youth Parade floating to morning time

Handcart Days 2000 will run at the same time

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Two major parades are planned for Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m. The annual Days of '47 Youth Parade in Salt Lake City and the annual Handcart Days 2000 Parade in Bountiful will run at the same time.

The Youth Parade is billed as the largest children's parade in the nation, while Handcart Days is moving to the morning for the first time in 47 years of its 50-year history.

About 52 entries are expected for the Youth Parade. The event will start at South Temple and Main Street. It will travel east to 200 East and south to 400 South. This parade includes mini floats, clowns, bands, mini royalty selected at Wheeler Farm, Days of '47 royalty plus 4,000 costumed children.

Salt Lake police warn that paradegoers should not park Saturday in spaces where parking meters have been covered over with zipper bags. That policy also includes the July 24 parade. Violators will be ticketed or towed away.

Bountiful's Handcart Days Parade begins at the Five Points Mall and goes north on Main Street to 400 North and then west one block to 100 West, ending at Bountiful Park, 400 N. 200 West.

Parade co-chairperson Pam Burt said some 75,000 spectators and about 120 entries — the same as last year — are expected for the two-hour event.

"It's a fun community event," she said.

There will be bands, floats, antique cars, fire engines and other entries. President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will serve as grand marshal for the parade. Public officials, including Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Representative Jim Hansen (R-Utah) are also expected to ride in the parade.

This year's Handcart Days Parade theme is "A Millennium of Pioneer Miracles," and Burt said she expects many LDS Ward Primary floats to be extra special this year with as many as 150 kids riding or walking alongside entries.

Previously, Handcart Days had been held at 6:30 p.m., but Burt said the city wanted to try a morning time, at least for this year because afternoon thunderstorms in the past have marred the event. Also, a morning time will allow the parade to accommodate more floats from Salt Lake City.

"We'll see what happens," she said.

One new feature in the Handcart Days Parade this year will be a fly-over by two F-16s at about 10:10 a.m.

Bountiful City regulations don't allow placement of chairs, blankets or other parade reservations until 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 22.

Large tracts of parking will be available at the Five Points Mall and Burt said a shuttle bus will be available to take people north on Main Street to find spectator spots.

The usual fireworks display for Handcart Days will still be held that night at 9:45 p.m. at Mueller Park Junior High School. In addition, there will be concessions and entertainment at Bountiful City Park on Friday, July 21, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, July 22 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

E-mail: lynn@desnews.com