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. 

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? 

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2017 Parade Marshals

We are honoured to announce this year’s Parade Marshals are the seven chiefs of the Treaty 7 Nations. The Treaty 7 Nations are comprised of three Blackfoot Confederacy Nations, three Stoney Nakoda Nations and the Tsuut’ina Nation, whose territories are in southern Alberta.  Our 2017 Parade Marshals are: 

Blackfoot Confederacy Nations

Chief Roy Fox – Kainai/Blood Tribe

Chief Stanley (Stan) C. Grier – Piikani Nation

Chief Joseph Weasel Child – Siksika Nation

Stoney Nakoda Nations

Chief Darcy Dixon – Bearspaw First Nation

Chief Ernest Wesley – Wesley First Nation

Chief Aaron Young – Chiniki First Nation

Tsuut’ina Nation

Chief Lee Crowchild - Tsuut’ina Nation

The origins of the relationship that exists between the nations of Treaty 7 and the Calgary Stampede dates all the way back to 1912 when Guy Weadick, creator and organizer of the very first Stampede, requested that First Nations be a part of the celebration.

“We have had a strong relationship since the beginning of this great festival, and we would like to build on that relationship going forward, making our connection even stronger,” says David Sibbald, president and chairman of the board at the Calgary Stampede. “The Stampede is a community gathering place and it is important that we preserve, protect and grow the home fires of our western heritage,” adds Sibbald.

In 1912, 1,800 First Nations people participated in the Calgary Stampede, leading the parade, competing in the rodeo and camping in the first informal Indian Village.

105 years later, the Calgary Stampede is honoured to have the seven chiefs of Treaty 7 Territory continue the relationship as our special guests for the 2017 Calgary Stampede Parade. “This means a great deal to me personally as well as to the Calgary Stampede,” says Sibbald.

Please join us as we share our history, celebrate the future and kick off The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!