Now with FREE admission to the Calgary Stampede

We’re opening up a path to allow for much easier movement toward Stampede Park once the Parade has passed, so keep on Stampeding with free admission until 1:30 p.m. on July 7, 2017.

Riders will mount up and bands will strike their first chords at the intersection of 9th Avenue and 1st Street S.E at 9 a.m. The Parade will then travel along the route to the end point of 6th Avenue and Macleod Trail. 

The Parade committee has been inspired to improve the event for our attendees and our participants since 2013!

Since 1920 the Parade route has undergone several changes to the location, route and direction.
In 1920 the Parade began on 7th Avenue and 6th Street SE  traveling West to 4 Street SW, South to 13th Avenue ending at 4th Street SE at Stampede Park. Between the mid-1920`s through to the 1940`s the Parade ran along 7th Avenue traveling West from 6 Street SE turning around at 5 Street SW and heading back east on 7th Avenue. It was in the 1950`s that the Parade route began traveling along 6th and 9th Avenue. 

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2017 Parade schedule

Join old and new friends on Friday, July 7, 2017, for the official kick-off of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth: the Calgary Stampede Parade.

  • 7:30 a.m. - Parade Prelude
  • 9 a.m. - Parade starts at the intersection of 9th Avenue and 1st Street S.E
  • 1 p.m. - Parade ends at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Macleod Trail 
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Free admission to the Calgary Stampede

View 2017 Parade route map

Each year the Parade showcases more than 150 western-themed entries, including 30 marching bands, 40 floats, 750 horses and 4,000 people. It's not just a Parade marching down an avenue; it's a march through tradition, history and local Calgary culture. While our western roots are strong, we've also got multi-cultural flair with many people travelling from all over the globe to walk and ride in our Parade.

Folks wake up before the crack of dawn to get their favourite spots on the Parade route. For many families, watching the Parade has become an annual tradition. Why not make it yours too?