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Parade launches Handcart Days

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BOUNTIFUL — The 51st annual Handcart Days Parade Saturday will be the kick-off event of three days of activities in Bountiful.

Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, the parade will feature floats, state and local dignitaries, antique vehicles, horses and wagons, clowns, emergency vehicles and 13 bands, eight of them from high schools around the state.

And paradegoers will get a chance to see the new "Olympic Mounted Police," a Utah Highway Patrol unit of 12 mounted officers organized for the 2002 Olympics. The officers are using the Bountiful parade to gain experience in crowd control and to get their privately-owned horses accustomed to people.

About 112 entries are scheduled to be in the parade, according to Lyn and Helen Thompson, co-chairpersons.

The parade will begin at Five Points Mall (1500 South Main St.), go north on Main Street to 400 North, and then west to the city park, where it will disband. Many of the bands will perform in the park beginning at 10:30 a.m.

City park activities will include food, games and carnival rides on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday, July 23, from noon to 11 p.m., and Tuesday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other Handcart Days activities will include the annual Bountiful Exchange Club-sponsored chuck wagon breakfast in the Bountiful Park Bowery from 7 to 10 a.m. July 24.

Bountiful City Parks and Recreation will host special activities Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at the pool and recreation center at the north end of the park. A free swim, swimming races, exhibitions and softball will be available.

A fireworks display is set for Monday, July 23, at Mueller Park Junior High School, 1000 East 1800 South, beginning at dark, approximately 9:45 p.m.