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The 2012 edition of the Days of '47 Parade will be filled with entries that the thousands who line the route have come to expect — bands and flags and horses and handcarts and floats and the Mormon Battalion, which has marched in most every parade for the past 163 years.

This year's edition also includes a few new entries, including a float with dancers from the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii; a band and a 50-foot-long dragon from the Chinese Society of Utah; and opera singers.

That's right — opera singers. "It's sort of crazy, isn't it?" said Ariel Bybee, a faculty member at the University of Utah's School of Music and chair of Friends of Opera, which is sponsoring the entry.

Mezzo-soprano Demaree Brown and baritone Daniel Tuutau — doctoral students at the U.'s School of Music — will ride in a carriage, singing arias from Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen." "The biggest problem we had was finding a way to have them sing and have accompaniment," Bybee said.

The restored 19th-century carriage (from Horman's antique carriage collection) has been outfitted with a 21st-century, state-of-the-art sound system to do just that.

"The singers will actually sing, using microphones," Bybee said. "No lip-syncing. So keep your fingers crossed that it works. We've never done anything like this before."

Not in the Days of '47 Parade, at least. But Bybee, herself a mezzo-soprano who sang in more than 450 performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera, is parade-trained.

"I have to tell you, I sang in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade one year," she said. "The Met had a float sponsored by Ocean Spray, and another girl and I sang 'Hansel and Gretel' all the way down Central Park West. It was a lot of fun. "

Days of '47 Parade

» The route begins at South Temple and State Street, runs east to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park at 600 East.

» Paradegoers are allowed to camp out on the parade route Monday evening, beginning at 6 p.m.

» The parade will be televised live on KSL-Channel 5 on Tuesday at 9 a.m.