Ogden Pioneer Days parade past & present

Jul 24 2009 - 11:34pm


(BETH SCHLANKER/Standard-Examiner) Pioneer Day Parade on Friday.
(BETH SCHLANKER/Standard-Examiner) Pioneer Day Parade on Friday.

SLIDESHOW: Pioneer Day parade

OGDEN -- Ethan Stumm, of Riverdale, was perfectly willing to sit in the hot sun for several hours to watch the Ogden Pioneer Days Parade.

The 10-year-old's favorite part?

"The fire trucks and cops," he said.

One of those fire trucks is a 1928 American LaFrance owned by Ron Lucero and his son Jason.

The two are South Ogden firefighters and were joined by co-workers riding the old engine -- which gets 8 miles to the gallon -- through the parade.

All of them were dressed in firefighter clothing of the era -- long-sleeved red flannel shirts with black suspenders -- and even sported black handlebar mustaches.

"It's hot," Ron Lucero said.

Fire trucks were joined in the parade by vintage cars, tractors, floats, bands, horses, unicycles and a roller-derby club as more than 100 entries traveled north from 31st Street along Washington Boulevard to 20th Street.

Spectators grabbed every shady spot along the route and even created their own with tents and umbrellas. The temperature was well into the 90s, but a slight breeze and some cloud cover made it seem cooler at times.

At some spots along the sidewalk, pedestrians could only travel single file between those camped together to watch the parade.

Paul Gibson, of Taylor, was one of the first in line in the parade as he chauffeured the grand marshals, Alan and Suzanne Osmond, in a horse-drawn carriage.

Gibson's daughter, Bailie Gibson, rode shotgun.

"It's fun, just plain fun," Paul Gibson said.

The drill team from Clearfield High School's Junior ROTC program practiced its drill one more time minutes before the parade began.

"We're asked to quite a few parades," said team member Jason Hamby.

Judy Loveland, of Brigham City, was wearing a long dress, complete with a hoop under the skirt, along with a shawl and bonnet reminiscent of the late 1800s.

"It's sort of hot, but not too bad once you get going," she said.

Breeanna Lee Olson celebrated her second birthday by riding on the Roy Central LDS Stake float, dressed in a bonnet and long dress. Her 4-year-old brother, Bryson, kept tossing his cowboy hat across the float decorated in sego lilies, the state flower.

McKenzy Kaleikini practiced on her drum as she waited for her group's turn to march.

A member of the Ben Lomond bagpipe corps, she is required -- like the rest of the members -- to dress in formal Scottish attire, which includes kilts and woolen knee-high hose, when they perform.

"I like just being with the crew, having fun and making a lot of noise," she said as she whipped her drumsticks in the air.

Craig Call, of Plain City, was parked across the street from the bagpipes, waiting for the time to pull his 1938 Buick Coupe into the parade.

"You know you're into something fun when bagpipes are playing songs by Queen."

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