CALGARY

General Information

  • The 107th Calgary Stampede Parade will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019.

    Thursday, July 4

    • Parking restrictions will be in effect from 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5 on the following roads:

      • 6th Street SE between 8th Avenue SE and 9th Avenue;

      • 6th Street SW between 6th Avenue and 9th Avenue SW (west side)

      • 7th Street SW between 6th Avenue and 9th Avenue SW (east side)

      • 7th Street SW between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue SW (west side)

      • 7th Street SW between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue SW (west side)

      • 9th Street SW between 7th Avenue and 9th Avenue SW (east side)

      • 9th Street SW between 6th Avenue and 9th Avenue SW (west side)

      • Centre St S between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue SW (west side)

      • 1st Street SW between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue SW (west side)

      • 2nd Street SW between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue SW (west side)

      • 2nd Street SW between 7th Avenue and 9th Avenue SW (east side)

      • 3rd Street SW between 6th Avenue and 9th Avenue (both sides)

      • 6th Street SW between 6th Avenue and 9th Avenue (east side)

    • Parking restrictions will be in effect from 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5 on the following roads:

      • 10th Avenue SE between Macleod Trail and Centre Street (north side)

      • 11th Avenue SE between 3rd Street SE and Centre Street (north side)

      • 11th Avenue SE from Macleod Trail to 1sr Street SE (south side)

      • 11th Avenue SW between Centre  Street and 11th Street SW (north side)

      • 12th Avenue SW between 6th Street SW and Centre Street (south side)

      • 12th Avenue SE between Centre Street and 1st Street SE (south side)

      • 12th Avenue SW between 2nd Street SW and 1st Street SW (north side)

      • 12th Avenue SE between Macleod Trail and 3rd Street SE

      • The entire block surrounding Queen Elizabeth Junior and Senior High School:  18th Street NW and 16A Street NW between 6 Avenue and 2 Avenue NW.

  • Friday, July 5

    • 7:30 a.m. – the following road closures go in effect:

      • Riverfront Avenue between 1st Street SE and 3rd Street SE;

      • 6th Avenue from 6th Street SE to 10th Street SW;

      • 10th Street SW from 6th to 9th Avenues;

      • 9th Avenue from 10th Street SW to 8th Street SE;

      • the morning connector from Bow Trail to westbound 5th Avenue SW will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. only; and,

      • many roads in the East Village and around Fort Calgary:

  • 6th Street SE between 7th Avenue and 9th Avenue SE

  • 5th Street SE between 9th avenue and roundabout at 7th Avenue

  • 6th Avenue SE between 4th and 5th Street SE

  • 7th Avenue SE between 4th and 5th Street SE

  • 8th Avenue SE between 4th Street and 6th Street SE

    Note Weight restrictions are in effect on the 9th Avenue SE/Inglewood bridge and congestion in the area should be expected.

    • 7:30 a.m. – Parade prelude (on-street entertainment) begins.

    • 8:55 a.m. – Parade begins and takes the following route:

      • begins at 9th Avenue and 1st Street SE and travels west;

      • turns north at 9th Avenue and 10th Street SW;

      • turns east at 6th Avenue and 10th Street SW; and,

      • finishes at 6th Avenue and 3rd Street SE.

    • Note: the entire Parade route will remain closed to traffic until the last entry has left the route (approximately 2:00 p.m.).

Free Admission to Stampede Park

  • The Calgary Stampede is offering free admission to Stampede Park between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Parade day.

Resources and Support for Media

  • The Calgary Stampede Parade Committee is pleased to offer support for media in advance of, and on, Parade day.

  • Note: if you anticipate needing resources or support on Parade day, please contact Bob Young, Media Coordinator – Calgary Stampede Parade Committee, by Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at (403)850-5575 or mediacoordinator@calgarystampedeparade.com.

Seating for Media

  • Limited seating for media covering the Parade is available at the marked viewing area located at 9th Avenue and 6th Street SW.  Please RSVP in advance of Parade day to mediacoordinator@calgarystampedeparade.com .

Television Broadcast Notes

  • CBC will broadcast the Parade on Friday, July 5, 2019 on CBC TV (LIVE – Alberta only) and online at CBCSports.ca.  Coverage is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (MDT).  The live coverage will also be streamed by CBC worldwide.  CBC commentary will be provided by local hosts, Doug Dirks and Angela Knight, with Heartland’s Graham Wardle providing on-the-street coverage.

  • CBC will broadcast an Encore presentation of the Parade on Saturday, July 6, 2019 on CBC TV.  Coverage is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (MDT).

  • Global Television Calgary will broadcast the parade live Friday, July 5, 2019 hosted by Dallas Flexhaug and Joel Senick, with Leslie Horton providing on the spot reporting.  You can also catch the Global coverage live on Global Calgary’s website and Youtube channel.

  • CTV Calgary will broadcast the parade live on CTV Calgary and CTV Lethbridge Friday, July 5, 2019 from 8:55am-11:00am.  Coverage will be hosted by Jefferson Humphreys and Joelle Tomlinson, with reports along the route from Lane Fraser and Teri Fikowski.  CTV will also be streaming their coverage live on CTVNewsCalgary.ca.   

Parade Seating, Safety, and Etiquette

  • More than 80% of the Parade route along 9th and 6th Avenues is available for free-of-charge seating on a first come, first served basis.  It is best to arrive early to find optimal viewing spots. 

  • The Calgary Stampede Parade Committee does not provide seats.

  • Parade operations require five full lanes of traffic: the center three for entries and the outer two lanes for parade operations and emergency vehicle access.

  • Do not cross the Parade route at any time.

  • Keep a close eye on children.

  • 6 portable water stations will be available along the route.  Spectators are encouraged to bring re-fillable water bottles.

  • Heat related emergencies may have serious consequences.  Bring a broad brimmed hat, stay hydrated with water, wear a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen.

  • Portable toilets will be available along the route.

  • In case of rain, bring raingear, but try to leave umbrellas at home, as they may block the view of other spectators.

  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be onsite.

Tradition, History, and Facts

  • The Calgary Stampede Parade is the official kick off to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

  • The Calgary Stampede Parade is 4.8 kilometres in length.  It takes approximately two hours to pass any one point on the route.  It would take the average person just over 6,300 steps to complete the entire route.  The route is the same length as just over 25 Calgary Towers laid end-to-end (15,748 feet).

  • The Parade Committee is projecting the live audience to be close to 300,000 people.

  • The 2019 Calgary Stampede Parade is the 107th Parade.  The first Calgary Stampede Parade took place on September 2, 1912 (Labour Day).

  • The Calgary Stampede Parade is the second largest in North America after the Rose Bowl Parade held in Pasadena, California.

  • Arrive early and catch some great entertainment along the parade route starting at 7:30am with the Parade Prelude.  33 incredible and entertaining acts featuring over 2,000 performers bring the streets alive and pump up the crowd for the main event.

  • The Parade features more than 200 horses and over 4,000 2-legged participants forming 113 entries.

    • Of the 112 entries:

      • 19 bands;

      • 32 floats (corporate, not-for-profit, municipal, cultural, and horse drawn)

      • 6 horse hitches;

      • 7 mounted colour parties; and,

      • 48 miscellaneous entries (VIP, walking, cycling, etc.).

  • International entries complement local, regional, and national entries.

  • First Nations have played a prominent role in the Calgary Stampede since 1912 when 1,800 members of Treaty 7 led the Parade at the request of Stampede visionary, Guy Weadick.

  • As part of the 2019 celebrating women in western culture, this year’s Parade Marshal is actress and local “cowgirl”, Amber Marshall.  Amber is best known for her role on the CBC original series,  Heartland.  For more information, please visit: http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/releases-20190604

  • In addition to Amber, and in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 1919 ”Victory Stampede”, Commander 3rd Canadian Division Brigadier-General, Stephen Lacroix, will be  the 2019 Honorary Parade Marshal.  http://news.calgarystampede.com/releases/releases-20190617  

  • Another entry celebrating the year of women in western culture will be that from the Stampede Foundation.  Riding on that wagon will be Rebecca Shuttleworth, the artist of the official 2019 Stampede poster.

  • Cappy (James) Smart, Calgary Fire Chief, has the most appearances as Parade marshal (35 consecutive Parades).  Second is Mickey Mouse with three appearances (Minnie Mouse has made two appearances as Parade marshal). 

  • 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Guy Weadick’s Victory Stampede, held in honour of Canadian soldiers returning from the First World War.  A spectacular entry paying homage to that Stampede and Canadian men and women who have served our nation in that war and in the century following, will be a special finale to the parade.

  • There will be an unprecedented number of bands marching in this years’ parade.  The 2019 World Association of Marching Show Bands competition is being held July 4-7 on Stampede Park in and around the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Bands from as far away as Germany, Austria, Taiwan and New Zealand will be joining the parade this year, with over 1,400 participants marching the route.

  • The 2019 Celebrity Judge will be Canadian Country music singer/songwriter Aaron Pritchett.  Pritchett will select the entry that in his opinion best exemplifies the spirit of the Calgary Stampede. That entry will receive the 2019 Celebrities’ Choice Award.

  • Approximately 2 tons of manure will be deposited on the Parade route.  Since 2001, the City of Calgary “Street Sweeper Critters” have been responsible for clearing the Parade route.  The Critters include: Chestnut the Horse, Barlow the Buffalo, Outlaw the Bull, and Daisy the Cow.  The Stampede Critters will be joined by the “Men in Kilts” street sweepers. 

  • The Parade is brought to you by a committee of 140 dedicated volunteers, an estimated 19,000 hours from committee volunteers year round, and 9,000 hours on Parade day.  Many of these volunteers have been involved with the Parade for over 40 years.

 

About the Calgary Stampede:

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

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Visit us: https://www.calgarystampede.com/stampede/attractions/parade

 

For more information, please contact:

Bob Young

Media Coordinator – Calgary Stampede Parade Committee

P 403.850.5575

E mediacoordinator@calgarystampedeparade.com