Calgary Stampede 2015

July 3-12 2015

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Calgary Stampede

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The Calgary Stampede Parade is a community-based event to entertain Calgary families, visitors to our city and television audiences around the world. Parade entries are selected based on the value they bring to our audiences. Although commercial entries are permitted, all must carry a message of goodwill.



Online Applications

All applications must be made online. You must accept the Rules & Regulations at the end of the application to successfully submit the application. Click here to review and print a copy of the Rules & Regulations.

Once you submit your application online you should see a confirmation message that your application was successfully submitted.  You will then receive an email message with a copy of your application. If you do not receive the confirmation message or an email, please contact or your Content Coordinator.

The Selection Committee will then meet to decide on entries for conditional approval. We may need to change the category you apply for. You may be also asked to make changes to your entry to meet our quality and safety requirements. We will work with you to help you prepare a parade-worthy entry.

All Bands must sign up through the Visiting Bands Website at




  • Corporate/Business Floats

  • Cultural Floats

  • Horse Drawn Floats

  • Municipalities Floats

  • Non-Profit Business Floats

Horse Entries

  • Mounted Color Parties

  • Heavy Horse Hitches

  • Mounted Groups/Miscellaneous Horse Entries

  • Rodeo Entries


  • Marching Bands

Other Entries

  • Miscellaneous Entries

  • Native Entries

  • Pooper Scoopers


Major Awards

All entries are eligible for major awards, including non-float entries.

  • Best Overall Entry (President’s Award)

  • Best Western Entry

  • Most Creative Entry

  • Best Corporate Entry

  • Best Business or Non-Profit Entry

  • Best Cultural Entry

  • Best Municipality Entry

  • Best Horse Entry (Ron Berry Memorial)

  • Best Prelude Entry

  • Celebrities' Choice Award

Minor Awards

The Parade Committee reserves the right to re-assign applicants to different categories for judging purposes.

  • Pioneers & Descendants Oldest Pioneer Gentleman

  • Oldest Pioneer Lady

  • Pioneer Family of the Year

  • Mounted Colour Parties Best Mounted Colour Party

  • Best Formal Mounted Colour Party

  • Best Commercial Mounted Colour Party

  • Best Heavy Horse Hitch (6 & 8 Horses)

  • Best Heavy Horse Hitch (2 & 4 Horses)

  • Horse Entries Chuckwagons

  • Best Mounted Group Entry

  • Best Fancy Dress Parade Entry

  • Best Western Heritage Entry

  • Best Carriage Entry

  • Pooper Scoopers Best Pooper Scooper (Golden Shovel Award)


Each award category has a panel of judges that review each entry in the selected category. Based on a list of criteria, they award points in many different areas, including safety. The scores are tabulated, and the top three entries are identified.

The key contact for each entry must wear a ribbon provided by the Parade Committee. This is the only person who will be contacted by the judges. The key contact should discuss any pertinent information about the entry with the judges. Any discrepancies in judging will be handled by the Parade Committee. All judging, including of bands and entries, will take place on the Parade route.

To catch the judges’ eyes, here are a few helpful hints that will make your entry appealing:

  • The theme of your entry must be clear and concise - the more original, the better.

  • Costumes, sounds, special effects, etc. should add to your entry and to its theme.

  • Sound and music must be clear and easy to hear.

  • Any lighting and animation should complement the entry and be in good working order.

  • All materials should be good quality and in good working order.

  • Colours should work well together, and the entry should have good proportion, balance and depth.

  • All entries must be well-maintained and safe to travel on the parade route.

Award Announcements

Band and entry award winners will be announced by press release after the conclusion of the Parade.

Watch for our celebrity judge! You never know who you’ll see!

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