Mormon Battalion is still leading the Pioneer Day parade

The Mormon Battalion marched in the first Pioneer Day Parade, and 162 years later the Mormon Battalion Association will carry the colors in Monday’s Days of ’47 Parade.

"The parade itself is one of the longest-running in the country, and the Mormon Battalion has been part of it since the beginning," said Jodene Smith, the co-chairman of the event. Records are incomplete, but "other than the war years, I would imagine, they have always been a staple at the Pioneer Day parade. They would have to be the oldest entry."

There will be 115 entries in this year’s parade, up from 109 a year ago, with fewer horses, but more floats, Smith said.
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