At the Calgary Stampede, we like to say that it never rains on Parade Day. Today was no exception—just before the 107th Calgary Stampede Parade officially kicked-off, the rain came to a halt and the community spirit on the Parade route came to life!
Harry the Horse waving to Parade-goers.
This year’s Calgary Stampede Parade featured 112 colourful and diverse parade entries, including 32 floats and more than 200 horses. The 2019 Parade was also a musical spectacle, with a spectacular 19 marching bands from around the world participating in the Parade, as they visit the Calgary Stampede for the 2019 World Association of Marching Show Bands World Championships.
“The Calgary Stampede Parade brings together everything that makes Calgary and the Calgary Stampede so special,” said Karen Franco, Chair of the Calgary Stampede Parade Committee. “I was thrilled that we presented such an amazing line-up this year, featuring so many bands from around the world—and a very special salute to those who have served and currently serve our country.”
The Calgary Stampede Showband.
Celebrating women in western culture, the 2019 Calgary Stampede was led by Parade Marshal, Amber Marshall, of the award-winning CBC western TV show, Heartland. Commander 3rd Canadian Division Brigadier-General, Stephen Lacroix, also rode in the Parade as the Honourary Parade Marshal, in honour and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Victory Stampede, which commemorated the end of The Great War.
2019 Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal, Amber Marshall.
The Calgary Stampede was a true show of community spirit, as a number of other community groups and organizations had entries into the Parade. Notably, the Cowley’s Rafter Six Ranch Family celebrated their 80th year in the Calgary Stampede Parade.
The 2019 Poster Competition winner, Rebecca Shuttleworth also rode in the Parade, in a wagon showcasing the 2019 Poster artwork.
Rebecca Shuttleworth, 2019 Calgary Stampede Poster Competition winner.
The Best Overall Parade float, as decided by the Calgary stampede Parade judges, went to the City of Kelowna’s “Spirit of the Lake” float, and the Judge’s Choice award for Best Show Bands went to the Taipei First Girls Highschool Marching Band, Honour Guard and Colour Guard.
Taipei First Girls Highschool Honour Guard.
Thank you to the Parade committee and all of our amazing volunteers who helped put on this spectacular show and brought the 2019 Calgary Stampede Parade to life!