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Days of '47 Parade Floats Since 1897 Photo Gallery

The streets of Salt Lake City are days away from being filled with horses, motorcycles, clowns and — most noticeably — fantastical floats created out of wood, foam and sparkles (among other things) at the annual Days of '47 Parade.

Here's a photographic look at how Days of '47 Parade floats have changed over time, starting with the 1897 parade and working forward:

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1897

A float representing Utah County is pulled by horses in the 1897 Pioneer Jubilee celebrating the 50th anniversary of the arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.

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1905

This photograph shows switchboard workers riding on a Utah Independent Telephone Company float in the 1905 Pioneer Day Parade.

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The Hunter 1st Ward 1976 float depicted the Tabernacle organ in the background with Brigham Young speaking from the pulpit.

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1982

A replica of the University of Desert won the Best Float in Parade Award for the Taylorsville, Utah, 4th Ward in 1982.

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