Wirth Watching: Utah's rich history of parades

Published 07/21 2014 05:14AM

Updated 07/21 2014 05:17AM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 UTAH) - Oh there have been some swell Utah parades plus a boat load of history about them all.

The biggest thrill was the dancing dragon that went for blocks thanks to the People of Chinese Heritage.

They were of course pulled by horses back then.

The late Preston Parkinson worked on those floats over a hundred years ago.

“The horse drawn floats, they were wagons and horses. Later they refined the decorating of the floats by putting napkins through chicken wire,” Parkinson said.

He especially liked making a float commemorating Utah’s biggest building in 1912.

“I remember once making a miniature of the Walker Bank building. It was the first sky scraper of 16 floors. I remember making a miniature of that,” Parkinson said.

And so we see the history of Main Street through the history of parades here. 

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