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Calgary Stampede parade is back with floats, bands and Kevin Costner

After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Stampede parade is returning to the city's streets with 92 entries and more than 4,000 participants.

Last year's parade was forced to go virtual due to COVID-19

Members of the Stampede Show Band demonstrate a portion of what they've prepared for the 2022 Calgary Stampede parade at a kick off event at Enmax Park. (Jo Horwood/CBC)

The Calgary Stampede parade is back in full force to kick off the city's biggest event of the year. 

The parade was cancelled in 2020 and last year it was broadcast without any spectators in attendance due to the pandemic.

Stampede president and chairman, Steve McDonough, said last year's parade was still a chance for the city to celebrate. 

However, this year's parade and ensuing 10 days of festivities is an opportunity to show what Calgary is made of. 

"I think starting parade day, you're going to see all the colours, the sights, the smells and everything like that. That was one of the reasons for choosing such a iconic parade marshal," said McDonough.

Actor and director Kevin Costner will be leading the charge as the 2022 Parade Marshal, with his recent role on the award-winning television show Yellowstone serving as a nod to the Stampede's celebration of western culture. 

"We want people to see what we're doing and we are relevant," said McDonough.

President and chairman of the Calgary Stampede, Steve McDonough, says he's excited to have actor and director Kevin Costner leading this year's parade. (Jo Horwood/CBC)

Costner will be among a lineup of 92 entries that include floats, marching bands and horses, bringing together more than 4,000 participants for the four hour performance. 

Those parade will also showcase Calgary's relevance in a global context. 

"The Ukrainian community will be marching in solidarity with their entry, 'Glory to Ukraine'," said Dwayne Spence, chair of the stampede parade committee.

"The consulate of Mexico in Calgary will be making their Stampede parade debut as well, collaborating with a beautiful, festive entry, and might be a must-have picture for this year's parade photograph." 

Actor Kevin Costner has been selected as the 2022 Calgary Stampede parade marshal. (Calgary Stampede)

However, Spence adds there will be more local Alberta bands than usual due to the pandemic creating obstacles for coordinating performers who would need to travel for the event. 

Dwayne Spence, chair of the Stampede parade committee, says the 2022 event will involve more than 4,200 participants among 92 entries. (Jo Horwood/CBC)

The parade will begin July 8 at 9 a.m. along Ninth Avenue at Third Street S.E. and is expected to get to the midway point at 10th Street S.W. at 11 a.m. 

From there, the march will head east along Sixth Avenue S.W. with a planned arrival at Stampede Park for 1 p.m. 

Admission is free to the Calgary Stampede between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. the day of the parade. 

With road closures in effect in the area, parade officials recommend spectators use Calgary Transit to get downtown. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jo Horwood is a CBC News video journalist based in Calgary. She spent her internship at CBC News Network in Toronto and previously worked at CityNews Calgary while wrapping up her broadcast media studies degree at Mount Royal University. If you want to shine a light on a story you think is important, contact her at Jo.Horwood@cbc.ca.

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