Pioneer Day parade draws early crowd

Pioneer Day parade draws early crowd

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Many residents are camping out for prime locations for Pioneer Day Parade
SALT LAKE CITY ( ABC 4 News) - Many people started setting up Tuesday afternoon, the sidewalks all along 200 East near 400 South are jam-packed. 

These parade enthusiasts aren't concerned about a spot for tomorrow, they already have that. 

The main concern now is the weather. 

From blankets to lawn chairs, these parade watchers are ready to spend a night outdoors. 

"Food, tents, tarps all kinds of stuff just to be prepared for us and the baby," said Charlene Martinez.

One couple is sleeping in style, complete with an air mattress. 

"I think it's going to be an adventure, it's going to be fun," said Candace Gallagher. 

But as the clouds roll over, the conversation has quickly turned to the weather. 

"Yeah, I'm so scared of lighting, but I'll be ok," added Gallagher. 

"Oh, we want the rain to come because it's been miserable, hot and miserable," said Robert Love. 

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to pop up throughout the night and into the day tomorrow, but for some, it's no rain off their back. 

"We got tarps and everything to cover ourselves up, we should be fine," said Martinez. 

"Oh we have umbrellas and stuff, so we're good," added Myra Oliver. 

Others, like the Love family, say they are just hoping for the best, or at least some friendly neighbors. 

"That nice blue canopy, we can go over there," said Love. 

For those not going to the parade, you may want to stay far away from the parade route because of heavy traffic. 

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