Calgary Stampede 2015

July 3-12 2015

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Stampede Parade

The Calgary Stampede Parade – this is where it all begins

The Stampede Parade is an iconic part of Calgary’s cultural identity. Since 1912, the Stampede Parade has served as the official kickoff of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth – the Calgary Stampede.


Each year, the Stampede Parade welcomes hundreds of thousands of spectators to the Parade route to watch colourful floats, majestic horses and the always-crowd-pleasing marching bands.


The Stampede Parade is not just a parade marching down a street; it is a march through tradition, history and Calgary’s culture. See you there!



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Parade Marshals

One of the Calgary Stampede’s oldest and proudest traditions is the role of Stampede Parade Marshal. Parade Marshals don’t just lead the Parade, they exemplify western heritage, values and culture.

The very first Stampede Parade in 1912 was led by 1,800 members of the Treaty 7 First Nations at the request of Stampede visionary, Guy Weadick. It was visually stunning. People marveled at the grandeur and splendor of seeing 1,800 First Nations people from five different tribes dressed in their traditional regalia. At the time this was more than just visually powerful, it was also significant – both culturally and politically.

Over the years, Parade Marshals have included prime ministers, royalty, actors, sports champions and entertainers.

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Stampede Parade History Calgarians have been enjoying Stampede Parade festivities for over 100 years
1912 FIRST STAMPEDE Kicked off by Guy Weadick
25 CALGARY TOWERS Laid end-to-end (15,748) is the same length as the Parade route
130 PARADE ENTRIES Comprised of bands, floats, First Nations and cultural entries and over 700 horses
250,000 SPECTATORS Line the streets to watch the Parade each year
  • Downtown Calgary
  • Stampede Parade,
  • 9th Ave & 1st ST SE
  • (403) 261-0101
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