Utah State Historical Society

The first Pioneer Day parade was held in 1849, and the tradition has continued ever since. Although technology and parade routes have changed over the years, the pageantry and pomp of the occasion has not.

Here's a look at parade entries from Pioneer Day parades of the past.

More: Check out 55 of the most amazing floats from past Days of '47 parades (past 10 years)

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1897
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A Chinese dragon moves through the 1897 Pioneer Day parade.

1905
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The image shows several switchboard workers riding on a Utah Independent Telephone Company float in the Pioneer Day Parade on July 24, 1905.

1912
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The Armour and Company meat store's Pioneer Day parade float, July 24, 1912.

1912
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Several Campbell autos drive through Liberty Park during the Pioneer Day Parade, July 24, 1912.

1912
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In this July 24, 1912, photo, volunteer fireman march in the Days of '47 Pioneer Parade.

1912
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A man drives a team of horses and wagon, which served as the Crane Company float in the 1912 Pioneer Day Parade.

1912
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A group of Franciscan monks ride in the Pioneer Day Parade at Liberty Park, July 24, 1912.

1912
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A group of American Indians march through Liberty Park during the Pioneer Day Parade, July 24, 1912.

1912
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A group of men from the Salt Lake Pressed Brick Company pose for a photograph on Main Street during the Pioneer Day celebration, July 24, 1912.

1912
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Covered wagons, pioneers, and oxen appear in the Pioneer Day Parade at Liberty Park.

1912
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A line of covered wagons march through Liberty Park during the Pioneer Day Parade, July 24, 1912.

1915
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The Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company Pioneer Day float is parked on State Street in front of the Evans Funeral home, July 24, 1915.

1924
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A July 24, 1924 Pioneer Day parade float celebrates Columbus as the "First Pioneer of America."

1947
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The Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce 1947 float celebrates Utah's centennial.

1947
Deseret News archives

Cars affixed with covered wagon canvas enter into the Sugar House area of Salt Lake in July 1947. This event marked the 100th Anniversary of the pioneers entering the Salt Lake Valley.

1998
Don Grayston

The 1998 Bountiful Orchard Stake float, "Tracks to Zion — 143,000 Pioneer Immigrants," moves down the parade route.

1998
Don Grayston

The 1998 Salt Lake Canyon Rim Stake float, "Stories of Courage, Strength and Promise," featured a seagull and people dressed as crickets

1998
Don Grayston

During the 1998 Days of '47 parade, Midvale Stake float, "Have the Courage to Tame Your Lions," moves down the street.

1998
Don Grayston

The 1998 Draper Eastridge Stake float. "African Saints — A Legacy of Courage," won the Sweepstakes Award that year.

1999
Marta Storwick

The Sandy Alta Stake float won the July 24, 1999, Children's Choice Award.

1999
Marta Storwick

The East Millcreek Stake float, "Peace...Continuing the Quest" won the Spirit of Faith Award in 1999.

2000
Johanna Workman

The float fashioned by the Sandy Utah Central Stake captured the Days of '47 Sweepstakes Award in 2000.

2002
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The Brigham Young University float appears in the 2002 Days of '47 parade.

2002
Jeremy Harmon

The float made by Farmington Utah South Stake, which won the Sweepstakes Award, appears in the Days of '47 Parade, Wednesday, July 24, 2002.

2004
Ryan Long

Brian Park jumps from the history books of the People's Choice Award winning float from Centerville Utah South Stake during the Days of '47 Parade in 2004.

2005
Jason Olson

The Salt Lake Brighton Stake's float entitled "A Heritage of Faith - A Legacy of Devotion" appears during the Days of '47 parade Saturday, July 23, 2005.

2005
Jason Olson

The Salt Lake Foothill Stake's float entitled "Legacy of Patriotism - From Mormon Battalion to Operation Freedom Veterans" appears during the Days of '47 parade Saturday, July 23, 2005.

2006
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The Salt Lake Rose Park North float rides in the Days of '47 Parade on July 24, 2006.

2006
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The Murray Utah South Stake float appears in the Days of '47 Parade on July 24, 2006.

2007
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

The Salt Lake Butler Stake re-enacted the Golden Spike theme for their float for the Pioneer Days of '47 Parade on July 24, 2007.

2007
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

The Hunter West Stake won the Ensign Award with a riverboat-themed float in the Pioneer Days of '47 Parade, July 24, 2007.

2007
Keith Johnson

This float won the Sweepstakes Award at the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 24, 2007.

2007
Keith Johnson

The Bountiful South Stake float appears in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 24, 2007.

2008
Jason Olson

The Centerville North Stake float won the Pioneer Award during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City Thursday, July 24, 2008.

2009
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

The Sandy Utah Crescent Ridge LDS Stake float appears in the annual Days of 47 Parade, Friday, July 24, 2009.

2010
August Miller, Deseret News archives

The South Jordan Utah Highland Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints float goes by as spectators watch as the floats, horses and celebrities participate in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, July 24, 2010.

2011
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

The Sandy Utah Central Stake float makes its way through the Days of 47 parade in Salt Lake City on Monday, July 25, 2011.

2012
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

The Draper Utah Riverview Stake float moves through the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

2012
Tom Smart, Deseret News

KSL Olympic float during the Days of 47 parade Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2012
Tom Smart, Deseret News

The Salt Lake Stake's theme-winning float, "Pioneers, Building the Dream", moves down the parade route during the Days of 47 parade Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2013
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

West Jordan River Stake, winner of the Legacy Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

2013
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Polynesian Cultural Center float, winner of the President's Award, in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

2014
Michelle Tessier, Deseret News

The Midvale Utah Stake won the Children's Choice Award during the Days of 47 parade in downtown Salt Lake City, Thursday, July 24, 2014.

2014
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

The West Jordan Oaks Stake float moves through the Days of 47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

2014
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The Midvale Utah Stake won the Children's Choice award in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The parade celebrates the 1847 arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley.