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The Days of '47 Parade — known previously as both Pioneer Days and Covered Wagon Days — was first held in 1849, and has continued since that time, celebrating the 1847 arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley.

Using Deseret News archive photos, here's a photographic look back through the parade's history, starting in 1864 and moving through 2015.

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1864
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This photo shows what is believed to be the 1864 Pioneer Day celebration. Part of the spectacle included a horse-drawn float carrying 24 young ladies dressed in white and attended by 24 young men on horseback. A band led the procession.

1881
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Horse-drawn floats move down the street in Salt Lake City as part of the annual Pioneer Day celebration in 1881.

1889
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This 1889 photo shows the traditional Pioneer Day parade down Main Street in Salt Lake City.

1889
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This 1889 photo shows the traditional Pioneer Day parade down Main Street in Salt Lake City.

1897
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A group of the original 1847 pioneers pose for a photograph during the 1897 Utah Pioneer Jubilee celebration.

1897
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This July 24, 1897, photo shows the Pioneer Day parade down Main Street in Salt Lake City. The parasols held by the crowd indicate that it was a hot day. There's a large flag hung on the side of the Salt Lake Temple in the background.

1897
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A gigantic flag covers most of Salt Lake Temple in at the 50th anniversary of the pioneer's arrival in the valley, celebrated in 1897.

1898
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LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff dedicates Pioneer Park on July 24, 1898.

About 1900s
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This archive photo shows horse-drawn floats lined up at the annual Pioneer Day parade. This parade took place around the turn of the century.

1912
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This July 24, 1912, photo shows volunteer firemen marching in the Days of '47 pioneer parade.

1912
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Kaspar J. Fetzer (left, in bowler hat), drives a team of horses pulling a float in the 1912 Days of '47 parade.

1915
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Salt Lake and Utah Railroad cars grace the 1915 Pioneer Day celebration in Springville, Utah.

1941
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Japanese-Americans carry a US flag in the 1941 Pioneer Day parade along with two banners that stated, "Long m'ay it wave," and "Thank God! We too, are Americans."

1947
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Cars affixed with covered wagon canvas enter into the Sugar House area of Salt Lake in July 1947.

1947
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Dignitaries gather at the base of the Brigham Young statue to review the Pioneer Day parade as it turns on to South Temple from Main Street. This event marked the 100th anniversary of the pioneers entering the Valley.

1947
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In this photo scanned from a photo negative, spectators line the streets as the 1947 Days of '47 parade moves past.

1947
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In this 1947 photo scanned from a photo negative, a float moves down the street during the Days of '47 parade.

1947
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In this photo scanned from a photo negative, a band and floats move past spectators on Main Street in Salt Lake City, July 24, 1947.

1947
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Two young women walk in the 1947 Days of '47 parade. The one on the left is walking under a banner that says "1847," and the one on the right is walking under a banner that says "1896."

1947
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A float from the 1947 Days of '47 Parade moves down the street, pulled by horses.

1947
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The Deseret News float in the 1947 Days of '47 Parade was mounted with a huge Liberty Bell and portrayed freedom of speech and religion.

1955
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Crowds of people line up along Main Street to watch the Days of '47 Parade in 1955.

1956
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Spectators line up along Main Street to watch the Days of '47 Parade in 1956.

1958
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Attracting attention in the Days of '47 Parade was this historical float sponsored by the Columbus Ward showing the Deseret News moving to Fillmore during the trouble in 1858.

Late 1950s
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This late 1950s photo shows LCPX Channel 4 covering the Days of '47 Parade.

1959
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Among the stars of the 1959 parade was this float made to honor the forthcoming addition of the 50th star to the U.S. flag — Hawaii. Entered by ZCMI, it was awarded first place in the division of Big Business Floats

1959
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Days of '47 Queen Anne Richey rides in regal splendor aboard a festive float in the 1959 parade along with attendants Donna Sparks, left, and Diane Nielson.

1961
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This 1961 photo shows people marching in the Days of '47 Parade as spectators line the streets of Salt Lake City to watch.

1962
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Glamorous black-haired Cleopatra, surrounded by attendants, won first prize for Jacobs Beauty Salon in the small business division floats in the annual July 24th parade.

1962
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Capturing the Sweepstakes award in the colorful 1962 Days of '47 Parade was Monument Park Ward's historical float, done in shades of pink, rose, and red, depicting Stephen S. Harding arriving in Utah

1963
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Flowers, Sharon West, left, Judy Engh, and Pam Carman grace the winning "Small Business" float entered by Engh Floral in 1963.

1963
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The Pleasant Grove High School Band was one of 20 bands that entertained viewers along the Days of '47 Parade route in 1963.

1965
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Eleven days after Lincoln's second inauguration, Utahns received word of his death, as depicted in this float by the Grant First Ward.

1965
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This 1965 photo shows floats moving down the streets of Salt Lake City in the annual Days of '47 Parade.

1966
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A dazzling technicolor spectacle unfolds in Salt Lake City as the annual Days of '47 parade, replete with floats, bands, horses, clowns and beauties, winds its way down Main Street

1967
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Marching bands and floats stretch into the distance as the Days of '47 procession moves down Main Street along its two-mile-long route

1970
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The Millcreek 9th Ward float shows the choir preparing to sing in the new Tabernacle.

1971
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The Brigham Young Monument on South Temple and Main was focal point of the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City, July 24, 1971.

1972
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A Salt Lake police officer proudly carries the colors in the 1972 Days of '47 Parade.

1972
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Days of '47 Queen Lee Ann Holt, along with attendants Carolynn Whitney and Vickie Davis, wave to the crowd

1973
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A squadron of marchers move "Kung Fu," a traditional Chinese dragon, down Main Street in this 1973 photo.

1974
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An aerial view shows thousands of spectators lining the parade route as the Days of '47 Parade begins, while the Orem High School band plays

1980
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This 1980 photo from the Days of '47 Parade shows young women dressed in outfits from all around the world and carrying banners stating things like, "Walk in faith" and "My turn on Earth." The parade entry was titled "Young Women of the World."

1981
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The Union Pacific Drum and Bugle Corps from Omaha, Neb., help leads off the 1981 Days of '47 parade.

1982
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Governor and Norma Matheson head down the parade route in this 1982 photo.

1982
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Alison Ogden, queen of the Days of '47 festivities in 1982, talks with well-wishers as she rides a float in the parade

1984
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In this 1984 photo, colorful floats, antique cars and bands roll along the Days of '47 Parade route, entertaining part of the 250,000 spectators in attendance.

1984
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In this 1984 photo, colorful floats, antique cars and bands roll along the Days of '47 Parade route, entertaining part of the 250,000 spectators in attendance.

1985
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A shimmering procession of floats flows down Main Street in this photo of the 1985 Days of '47 Parade. The eagle float carried then-Miss America Sharlene Wells.

1986
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A 40-foot float featuring Lady Liberty passes by the Brigham Young Monument on South Temple and Main in Salt Lake City during the Days of '47 Parade, July 24, 1986.

1987
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Brigham Young's likeness has a grand view of the 1987 celebration marking the 1847 arrival of Utah's pioneers.

1997
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This 1997 photo shows floats and bands moving past spectators seated along the parade route in the annual Days of '47 Parade.

1997
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This float won the Outstanding Animation Award in the 1997 Days of '47 Parade.

1998
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In 1998, the Brigham Young Award went to the Salt Lake Eagle Gate Stake's float titled "Eternal Promise — The Family Forever"

1999
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Colorful flags and floats roll by a construction area between the Salt Lake Temple and the Joseph Smith Memorial building at the 1999 Days of 47 Parade.

1999
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This 1999 float from the East Millcreek Stake titled, "Peace... Continuing the Quest," won the Spirit of Faith Award.

1999
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A man who calls himself "Spiderman" rides the parade route on a five wheel high unicycle, July 24, 1999.

2000
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Police officers ride in formation in the Days of '47 Parade Monday, July 24, 2000.

2001
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The Bountiful Utah Stake float moves past the crowds in the Days of '47 parade Tuesday, July 24, 2001.

2002
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Daniel Niu,2, waves at one of the floats in the Days' of 47 Parade, Wednesday, July 24, 2002.

2005
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Members of the Salt Lake Scots play their bagpipes during the Days of '47 parade in Salt Lake City, Utah July 25, 2005.

2005
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Covered wagons and horse-drawn carriages move down the streets of Salt Lake City during the 2005 Days of '47 Parade.

2006
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Caesar Boswell and Jessica Rea ride their 1869 Penny Farthing bicycle with Danala, a 15-year-old Macaw parrot, in the Pioneer Days parade, July 24, 2006.

2007
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This colorful float won the Children's Choice Award during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City, Utah July 24, 2007.

2008
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A cardboard replica of the Brigham Young statue is placed at the start of the Days of '47 parade in Salt Lake City on July 24, 2008. Due to construction, the parade started in a different spot than it normally does.

2008
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The Sandy Utah Crescent South Stake float, seen here during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City Thursday, July 24, 2008, won the Children's Choice Award that year.

2010
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The Salt Lake Wasatch Stake float, winner of the 2010 Sweepstakes Award moves past parade spectators, Saturday, July 24, 2010.

2011
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Sons of Utah Pioneers walk in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Monday, July 25, 2011.

2012
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The Salt Lake Stake won the Theme Award in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

2012
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A Chinese Society of Utah dragon walks in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

2013
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A Salt Lake Community College cheerleader flips during the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

2013
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From the left, Kyleigh Rye, Kaitlyn Rye and Aubrey Luna judge passing floats in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

2014
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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.

2015
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The Riverton Utah Central Stake float participates at the Days of 47 Parade in Salt Lake City, Friday, July 24, 2015.

2015
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The Farmington Utah Oakridge Stake float runs along the parade route of the Days of 47 Parade in Salt Lake City, Friday, July 24, 2015.