On the streets of downtown Salt Lake City, where participants in the annual Days of '47 Parade wait for their turn to start on the route, the atmosphere Thursday morning was one of anticipation of a hot, taxing and fun day.
"Having 40 pounds of dead weight on one shoulder is pretty grueling," said Jackson Smith, 17, leader of the sousaphone section of the Davis High School marching band.
For Alexis Callister, Miss Herriman, riding on a float can be tricky.
"It is a rocky ride, a lot of stop-and-go," Callister said as she prepared to take her place at the front of the Herriman City float. "It definitely tests your balance."