Thousands celebrate Pioneer Day at downtown Days of '47 Parade

by | Jul. 25, 2010

News from Utah

Thousands flocked downtown Saturday morning to enjoy one of the largest and oldest parades in the U.S. — the Days of '47 Parade.

Not only has this parade become a celebrated Utah tradition, but it has also become an annual event for 100-year-old Della Pantos.

"I like parades," Pantos said, "and I like to celebrate how my mom and dad settled in Utah."

Pantos, who was born and raised in Green River, has attended the Days of '47 Parade more than 70 times.

"I don't know why, but I enjoy it," she said.

Pantos said she hopes to be back next year so she can continue her tradition of crying as all of the servicemen go by.

Sitting next to Pantos' family was a 70-year-old grandmother who camps out before the parade every year with her grandkids. She always saves a seat in the front for Pantos.

Another family along the parade route had been there since noon Friday.

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