FEATURE - "Patriotism and country life on parade"

GARLAND - By Cari Doutre - August 7, 2020


One thing missing from this summer’s community celebrations and county fairs meant losing a way to display patriotism, and country life, at its best – parades.

The entire state of Utah remains under some level of restrictions during the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, one of which limits the gathering of large groups of individuals.

These restrictions make parades a no-go for summer events, including the Box Elder County parade, Garland City’s Wheat and Beet Days parade and the Peach Days parade in Brigham City for 2020.

Box Elder County is currently in the Yellow Phase (low risk), which limits groups of social gatherings to 50 individuals or less. https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utahs-low-risk-phase/

In an effort to show their pride for their country, a group of citizens put together a peaceful patriotic parade in Garland on Saturday, August 1. Starting at 1000 S. Main St., the parade traveled north through Garland and all were invited to participate – safely.

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Garland, Utah - Aug. 1, 2020 - Courtesy photo
Garland, Utah - Aug. 1, 2020 - Courtesy photo

Josh Munns, Garland, organized the parade calling on anyone that wanted to “show patriotism” while maintaining social guidelines.

“We are going to show and share our great American pride for a few minutes,” Munns said.

The public did just that – displayed their American pride while maintaining social distancing guidelines.

The patriotic parade included team horse riders, tractors, a fire truck and more.

“It was thought of to have a parade on the first Saturday of August like Wheat and Beet Days is supposed to be, so we put together a small parade to show our patriotism,” Munns added.

Photos courtesy of Tami Deakin