As a born and raised Calgarian, I have attended the Calgary Stampede many years. This year however, marked the 100 year anniversary of the Stampede and the City promised to put on spectacular show. The Stampede is a 10-day long event, held every year in early July. It takes place in downtown Calgary and consists of a carnival, daily live music performances, chuckwagon races, rodeo events and a Grandstand variety show with fireworks.
During the 10 days, the city comes alive with dozens of free pancake breakfasts, parties, and a huge parade. The locals and visitors alike, don cowboy hats and hit the streets to celebrate all that is western. This year I had an out-of-towner visit during the Stampede, so we took in the full experience. We attended the Stampede parade, the carnival, a pancake breakfast, a themed party and the evening Grandstand show. We also went to several of the free fireworks displays in between.
It was tons of fun, and I think the anniversary celebration was a huge success.
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