Calgary Stampede parade: By the numbers

Friday marks the 107th edition of the Calgary Stampede parade. Here's a preview, by the numbers.

CBC will broadcast Friday's parade on TV and online from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. MT

Treaty 7 Chief Ernest Wesley, one of the parade marshals, waves as he rides in the 2017 parade. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Friday marks the 107th edition of the Calgary Stampede parade.

According to the Stampede, the 4.8-kilometre parade that winds through downtown Calgary is the second largest parade in North America, after the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

  • CBC will broadcast the parade on CBC TV (LIVE in Alberta only) and online here and at from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. MT with the CBC's Doug Dirks and Angela Knight and Heartland's Graham Wardle doing on-the-street coverage.
  • CBC will broadcast an encore presentation of the parade on Saturday, July 6, on CBC TV from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. MT.

Here are some more facts and figures about the annual kickoff to the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth":

  • The parade committee is anticipating a live audience of close to 300,000 people.
  • The route is the same length as just over 25 Calgary Towers laid end-to-end (4799.99 metres).
  • This year's parade will have 112 entries.
  • There will be more than 200 horses and over 4,000 people.
  • There will be 19 bands and 32 floats, including corporate, not-for-profit, municipal, cultural and horse drawn.
  • There will be 6 portable water stations available for spectators along the route. 
  • In 1912, Stampede visionary Guy Weadick asked 1,800 members of Treaty 7 First Nations to lead the parade.
  • 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Guy Weadick's Victory Stampede, held in honour of Canadian soldiers returning from the First World War.
  • About two tons of manure will be dropped on the parade route. 
  • The parade is put on by a committee of 140 volunteers.