Having grown up outside of Utah, I've never truly "celebrated" July 24th, Pioneer Day, before. But, as it is a state holiday, these Utahns sure know how to party it up. Since this was our last Pioneer Day to enjoy while living in Utah, we decided to celebrate like the natives do!
The Days of '47 parade in downtown Salt Lake is a huge deal. People start camping out on the street the night before just to get good seats. And now we know why.
The parade started at 9, and Megan, Matt, and I got there around 8:30, but by that time every inch of shade was taken, forcing us to stand in the hot sun. If it hadn't been so early in the morning, we would have gotten some nice sunburns.
Because it was so hot, we only ended up staying for about half of the parade, but we had fun anyway. These photos are courtesy of Megan...she apparently really liked the Pioneer Day royalty because she got a lot of pictures of them. I only included 2 :)
Murray City royalty
Some other royalty...
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Utah Pipe Band (who doesn't love kilts and bagpipes?)
Some police officers on motorcycles doing tricks for the crowd
us enjoying our wait before the parade started
After the parade we walked over to the Downtown Farmers Market and at breakfast at Bruges Waffles & Frites. If you are ever in downtown Salt Lake, I highly recommend you pay them a visit. Best. Waffles. Ever.
Another fun Saturday down. What will we do this weekend? Stay tuned to find out!