July 8, 2016

STARTS AT 9 a.m.

Reserve your bleacher seats

Join old and new friends on Friday, July 8, 2016, beginning at 7:30 a.m. (Parade Prelude), for the official kick-off of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth: the Calgary Stampede Parade.

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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We are excited to announce that in honour of our city’s “Year of Music” celebration, singer-songwriter Jann Arden and home-grown country music superstar Paul Brandt will lead the Calgary Stampede Parade. 

This year, the Calgary Stampede will include a special parade entry to recognize the collective effort of the women and men who courageously and selflessly supported the Fort McMurray and Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo wildfire response. 

Jann Arden

Fresh off hosting the 2016 Juno Awards, Calgary-born Arden is a singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author. Whether she is captivating audiences with her heartfelt music, entertaining them with her quick wit or sharing her written word in a boldly honest voice – Arden is a Canadian original – a brilliant multi-dimensional talent.

Paul Brandt

Brandt, the most awarded male Canadian Country Music artist in history, had an unlikely journey of humble beginnings and big dreams to fame and stardom. A true Calgary Stampede friend, Brandt headlined the stage for all 10 nights of the 2012 Centennial TransAlta Grandstand Show.