2. The Stampede Parade
The official start to the Stampede season is the traditional parade along 6th and 9th Avenue in downtown Calgary. Make no mistake, this is a mega-parade, second only to Pasadena’s annual Rose Bowl Parade in all of North America. There’s the usual pageantry of marching bands, floats and clowns, along with about 700 horses, native First Nations participants and a few celebrities. Arrive early to stake out a good curbside seat, or book a bleacher to view the two hour spectacle.