Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal Chris Hadfield – out of this world!
Calgary – The Calgary Stampede is launching into its second century and is excited to announce the 2013 Stampede Parade Marshal will be the first Canadian Astronaut to walk in space and the first to command the International Space Station (ISS)–Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield.
The announcement comes on the heels of a twitter exchange between Commander Hadfield and the Calgary Stampede. The conversation culminated in a video invitation from Calgary Stampede president and chairman Bob Thompson. Commander Hadfield accepted the invitation and in doing so has become one of the few people twice honoured with the Parade Marshal role; Hadfield was previously Marshal in the 2001 Calgary Stampede Parade.
“The Calgary Stampede is an iconic event; to be asked to lead the Parade is an incredible honour,” says Hadfield. “Going from zero gravity to horse-back is going to be a huge adjustment, but I’m up for the challenge.” On December 19, 2012, Hadfield launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS and he will return to Earth on May 13.
“We are thrilled Commander Hadfield will be leading our 2013 Stampede Parade,” says Thompson. “Commander Hadfield is truly a Canadian icon, a Canadian hero. He’s done remarkable work sharing experiences from the International Space Station and creating a community to celebrate and behold our planet. I believe that parade goers will join in on the opportunity to recognize and celebrate this incredible Canadian, especially so soon after he returns to earth.”
Commander Hadfield has shared his space and science experiences with thousands through the use of social media. He has built a substantial global audience including more than 165,000 likes on Facebook and 745,000 followers on Twitter by sharing his photos, stories and videos with the world.
Each year the Calgary Stampede selects a prominent individual to lead the Parade and essentially open the Calgary Stampede. Over the past 100 years, the Calgary Stampede has had a diverse group of Parade Marshals whose announcement is eagerly anticipated every year.
The Calgary Stampede is July 5-14, 2013 and the Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 5. For more information please visit CalgaryStampede.com.
About the Calgary Stampede
As we enter our second century, 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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