BOUNTIFUL -- A unique army of youths will make up the city's annual Handcart Days Parade on July 20.
Karell Bingham, a public relations director for the parade, said entrants in this year's festivity will include 2,060 young men dressed as stripling warriors, to replicate a group detailed in the Book of Mormon as valiant warriors.
They will be led by Cory Hanks, president of the Bountiful South Stake, who will play the role of Helaman, a Book of Mormon prophet who led the group of warriors detailed as undaunted and fearless because of their faith.
Bingham said the young men will not dress in loin cloths but will be dressed in tunics with a waistband, a wristband and a headband. All of the young men will carry a staff or spear, and they will march in time, so the staff will hit the pavement every fourth step, she said.
Hanks will also wear special armor as part of his role in the parade.
"It should be quite the parade entry," Bingham said.
The parade is a key component of the city's Handcart Days celebration July 20-21.
For more details on scheduled events, visit www.handcartdays.org.