OGDEN -- Rain showers did not stop the Ogden Pioneer Day Parade or approximately 60,000 people from showing up to watch it.
Umbrellas in all shapes, sizes and colors dotted the parade route along Washington Boulevard. Many parade-goers brought portable canopies to sit under. The original intent was for shade, but on Tuesday it protected spectators from rain.
Kent Jensen, of Washington Terrace, who has not missed a parade in the past 50 years, said a rain shower or two was not going to stop him from attending the event with his family. They sat where they have always do, in front of the Bank of Utah on 26th Street and Washington Boulevard.
"I don't remember too many times when it has rained," said Jensen, who was sitting under a portable green canopy.
Jensen, who works for the Union Pacific Railroad, has to take the day off to watch the parade when the holiday is in the middle of the week, because it's not a federal holiday.
The parade itself hasn't changed much, he said, although the color guard at the beginning of the parade was a much smaller group than in the past.
For Brigette Otto, of Layton, the trek to Ogden to watch the parade was a first for her and her twin 2-year-old sons, who were confined to a stroller.
"My kids have never been to a parade," said Otto, who has attended the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City.
She chose the Ogden parade because it was closer to home and shorter.
They arrived at 8:45 a.m. in time to stake out a spot near 24th Street and Washington Boulevard for the parade's 9 a.m. start.
The boys really enjoyed the bands, especially the percussion sections, Otto said.
Elsie Waggoner and her sister, Ollie Waggoner, of Ogden, decided at the last minute to attend the parade. They each had an umbrella to protect them from the rain.
The two have attended the parade since 1954 and "always like the bands," Elsie Waggoner said.
Entries in the parade included bands from Top of Utah high schools, as well as floats sponsored by different religious faiths, horses, tractors, dance groups and princesses for every age.
The Enchanted Events Entertainment party business from Clearfield had favorite storybook princesses, like Snow White, Belle and Repunzel, who all came prepared with matching umbrellas to protect their hair and dresses as they walked the parade route.
Lynda Folkman, of Washington Terrace and the Queen Mother of the Dangerous Divine Mad Hatters of the Red Hat Society, said a little rain would not dampen fellow Red Hatters who sat on the trailer with her.
The Red Hatters have been part of the parade for the past eight years.
"It's just fun to be in a parade," Folkman said. "You get in touch with your inner girl."
Andrew Timson, who is a member of the Ben Lomond High School Bagpipe Corp., said rain would not stop the bagpipers from entertaining the parade crowd.
"You meet nice people," said Andrew, who was in last year's parade as a part of the school's student body officers.
Rae Sip, a member of the Fremont High School color guard, was hoping the dark clouds would go away before the parade started.
But she and the other five members were ready to put on a show no matter what Mother Nature had in store.
"It's exciting," Rae said.