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Local residents gather to watch the Horse and Hitch Parade on Monday In Ogden on July 17, 2017.

OGDEN — Giddy up, Utahns! Ogden Pioneer Days will soon be in full swing, and one of the mane events is just around the corner.

Hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls from all over the Wild West gather each year in downtown Ogden for the annual Horse & Hitch Parade, where they will take to the streets with wagons, carriages and horses of all colors, sizes and breeds.

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Local residents gather to watch the Horse and Hitch Parade on Monday In Ogden on July 17, 2017.

According to previous Standard-Examiner coverage, the 2017 event drew more than 500 participants. Although the deadline to register as a participant in this year’s parade has passed, all members of the public are invited to pull up a chair and cheer them on at this traditional, family-friendly event.

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The 2018 event begins at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16. Starting from Park Boulevard, parade participants will trot south down Washington Boulevard, take a right on 26th Street, another right on Grant Avenue, and again on 25th Street before turning left and hoofing it back up Washington to Park Boulevard.

If you have yet to experience this equestrian spectacle, quit stalling. Dust off that old cowboy hat and take part in Utah’s biggest statehood celebration.

For more information about the parade or other Ogden Pioneer Days events, visit ogdenpioneerdays.com.

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Local residents gather to watch the Horse and Hitch Parade on Monday In Ogden on July 17, 2017.

Standard-Examiner Copy Editor Andrea Harvey can be reached at aharvey@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @andrearharvey or “like” her Facebook page at Facebook.com/AndreaHarveyJourno.

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