Wednesday, June 16, 2010

And the Calgary Stampede Parade Marshals Are...

Two Oklahoma cowboys that appeared recently on "Amazing Race" are this years Calgary Stampede parade marshals.

Brothers Jet and Cord McCoy who finished second on the popular race-around-the-world TV series, were in Calgary yesterday to accept this great honour. Why were they selected you may ask? Stampede officials say the brothers portrayed an excellent example of a cowboy way of life and cowboy ethics with their down-to-earth approach which earned them the nickname "gentlemen cowboys" on Amazing Race. 

"I feel like a little kid. I want to save every news clip and watch every TV show, because I know what the generations before us have passed on about the Calgary Stampede and what an honour it was," said Cord McCoy, 29, a professional bull rider who has also qualified to compete in the Stampede rodeo.

"For Jet and I, it feels like we have something to uphold as far as cowboys."

This year's Stampede parade theme is everyday heroes, explained the Stampede's president, Dr. David Chalack, at a news conference on Tuesday.

In rounding out the everyday heroes theme, Olympic medallists from the Calgary area — including men's skeleton champion Jon Montgomery and women's speed-skating double medallist Kristina Groves — have also been invited to take part in the parade.

The Calgary Stampede will also salute members of the Calgary Police and Fire Departments, which are celebrating their 125 years of service.

The Calgary Stampede Parade takes place this year on Friday July 9.