The Annual Mormon Battalion Parade & Community event, which took place on Saturday, January 28, 2023 in Old Town San Diego, was a resounding success. The event brought together members of the community to celebrate the history and contributions of the Mormon Battalion, a group of approximately 500 men who served in the United States Army during the Mexican-American War.
The parade was the main attraction of the event. Historic reenactors in military formation paraded around the Plaza de las Armas concluding in front of the main stage. After a rousing salute the 176th Annual Commemoration was officially underway. The parade was followed by welcoming speeches from the events organizers and special guests.
In recognition of the event and the significance of the Mormon Battalion, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors resolved to make January 28, 2023 “Mormon Battalion Commemoration Day.” Supervisor Joel Anderson was in attendance at the event to present event organizers with the special resolution, highlighting the importance of the day and the significance of the Mormon Battalion.
The Dutch Oven Cook-off competition was also a hit, with local chefs showcasing their skills and competing for the title of the best Dutch Oven dish. The competition resulted in the “Best of Show” award going to Craig Turner for his “Cowboy: Beef Wellington” dish, and other category winners included Lemon Ricotta Cake, Tortellini Soup, and Black Bread.
The winners received gift cards from some of Old Town’s most popular restaurants, including Casa Guadalajara, Rockin’ Baja Cantina, Congress Cafe, Miguel’s Cocina, Pizza Bella, and Cold Stone Creamery.
The event also included activities for kids, such as cattle wrangling, brick-making, and pioneer doll-making, which kept them entertained throughout the day.
The Annual Mormon Battalion Parade & Community event was a memorable and meaningful celebration of the history and contributions of the Mormon Battalion. The event was well-attended and received positive feedback from attendees, and it is clear that this event will continue to be a popular annual tradition in Old Town San Diego. The recognition of January 28, 2023 as “Mormon Battalion Commemoration Day” by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors serves as a testament to the significance of the event and the importance of remembering the history and contributions of the Mormon Battalion.