Monday, July 2, 2012

The 2012 Calgary Stampede Parade Route & Highlights..

The official kick-off to the 100th Anniversary - 2012 Calgary Stampede & Exhibition begins this Friday July 6th.  And if you are attending the parade in the heart of downtown, these are the times you should be aware of.

  • 7:30 a.m - Road Closures take into effect.  Driving across the downtown core is limited.
  • 8:00 a.m - Prelude entertainment begins along the parade route which includes clown acts, musical entertainment, and mascots.  The Parade Prelude purpose is to entertain those that attended early to stake out a spot on the parade route. 
  • 9:05 a.m. - The main Parade begins at the start of the parade route on 6th Ave SE. and then reaches the Calgary Tower on 9th Ave S.W. around 9:30 a.m. where it will be broadcast live on CBC beginning @ 9:00 am.. Jann Arden & Ron MacLean will be providing the commentary for the Centennial Parade.  CBC will broadcast the parade to a regional & national audience of two-million smile Calgary!  Please note,  the parade will begin at different times along the route.


  • The Parade Marshal is Ian Tyson - Canada's own legendary Country Artist.  Ian Tyson will be joined by seven honorary Parade Marshals, extraordinary leaders from the Treaty Seven Nations: Chief Charles Weasel Head, Chief Fred Rabbit Carrier, Chief Gayle Strikes With A Gun, Chief Sanford Big Plume, Chief Bruce Labelle, Chief Ernest Wesley and Chief Darcy Dixon.

    First Nations have played a prominent role in the Calgary Stampede since 1912, when 1,800 members of the Treaty Seven led the Parade at the request of Stampede visionary, Guy Weadick.
  • There are about 123 entrants this year, over 4000 people taking part, and showcasing over 700 horses.

The Official 2012 Calgary Stampede Parade route is below

Click HERE to view a larger Parade route map which includes washroom and emergency locations.  This map is a PDF therefore you can print it off too.