Calgary Stampede: The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

What You Should Not Miss At Calgary Stampede?


This year as per custom, the stampede will start with the parade. Let's discuss big events that should not be missed because they are the heart of the stampede.



The first parade at stampede was held in 1912, and amazingly 75000 people took part in it that was greater than the city's population. With the presence of Prince Williams and Catherine in 2011, almost 400 hundred thousand people came to see this wonderful parade. 


Shortly before 9 AM, every year on the first Friday of the event the stampede is officially begin with the parade. The interesting thing about the parade is the parade Marshall, he can be a Politician, athlete, actor or other dignitary chosen by people.


The parade is actually an exhibition of various marching bands, more than a hundred floats and horses with entrants. 



Actually, it's the rodeo that is the heart of the Calgary Stampede than the parade. How can it not be, with having a chance to win the prize of $100,000 to the winner? Participants (cowboys) perform in front of thousands of fans every day during the festival.


Stampede rodeo consists of six major disciplines:

  • Bull Riding,
  • Barrel Racing,
  • Steer Wrestling,
  • Tie Down Roping,
  • Saddle Bronc
  • Bareback Riding

Rangeland Derby


Also called 'chuckwagon racing', invented by Weadick in 1923 is now a popular reason to be in a stampede. Also called 'half-mile of hell' this event has now become very popular.  Having a chance to win $1.15 million, 36 teams compete with each while thousands of people cheer for their teams. Rangeland derby is also considered as an indicator of the strength of Calgary's economy because of the revenue it generated in 2012 (i.e. $4 million).

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