Bountiful Handcart Days, a long standing tradition in the Bountiful Area, will include a parade this year on July 20th that is different than the parades of other years. This year’s parade will include an entry that will happen only one time and in only one parade. Complementing this year’s theme, They Did Not Doubt, 2000 young men from all over the area will come together dressed as Helaman’s warriors. They will be led by President Cory Hanks, president of the Bountiful South Stake, who will be dressed as Helaman. The directors feel that the parade entry is impressive enough and unique enough that it is a candidate for the Guinness World Records under the title: The Largest Gathering of Non- Military Men Dressed as Warriors.
For many years President Hanks has been involved with youth groups. Dressed as Helaman, he tells the story of the 2000 stripling warriors. Years ago he thought about a parade entry that would include 2000 young men all marching in unison costumed as warriors, but the time was never right. Finally, in 2012, it has all come together. Young men from all over the valley will be involved in the march. It will be inspiring to see. They will all be costumed and will each have a wooden staff- like sword. The staffs will each have a nail in the bottom. Every forth step, the young men will strike the staff on the pavement which will make a thunderous sound unlike any heard before in a parade. They will all be wearing wrist bands that proclaim the message, “they did not doubt”. At the end of the parade route, they will gather to sing the song, “Armies of Helaman”.
The parade route is Main Street from1500 South to 400 North, then west to 100 West and will begin at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 20th. We are expecting especially large crowds this year because of the interest in the parade as well as the competition involving the Guinness Book of World Records.
ABOUT HANDCART DAYS
The celebration of Handcart Days begins on July 20th, and continues through the 21st of July. Aside from the parade on the 20th, on both the 20th and the 21st there will be activities and food for everyone in the park on 400 North in Bountiful. The food has a home-town quality: corn on the cob, snow cones, scones and hot dogs. The activities are such things as continuous daily entertainment, rides for the youth, displays and demonstrations of pioneer toys and even interaction with some mountain men. At about 9:45 pm, on Friday 20th, the evening after the parade, Bountiful City will provide stunning fireworks.
Bountiful Handcart Days is staffed by volunteers and is a non-profit organization. For more information, our website can be found at www.handcartdays.org