This weekend brought the arrival of a good friend from the east coast — Karen! And with that, we were busy heading to the various first-day Calgary Stampede festivities. Sheena and Karen checked out the Stampede parade, an enormous event with almost a two hour running time. The highlights were the well-dressed park wardens, a sheepdog herding sheep along the route and of course, well dressed Mounties. There were over 700 horses in the parade, making for some neat street sweeping before, during and after.
In the evening, we all headed to the Stampede Grounds to check out the ground’s events as well as see the Chuckwagon Races and the evening show. We certainly had a great time. The Chuckwagon races were exciting, although short. It was so neat to see them take off, like a bat outta hell, and then race around the track, wind blowing and riders chasing after them. I’d see that again anytime. The evening show was just as spectacular. With almost a 2hr and 10 minute show, full of fireworks, dancers, lights and great music and comedic entertainment, it was well worth our $15 ticket entry. By far, it was probably the longest display of fireworks I have seen….and easily the best outdoor stage show I’ve seen as well. Certainly deserves the name…‘Greatest outdoor show on earth’.
To see more photos, see our flickr site. To watch a couple of neat videos, click either the Chuckwagons or the Stage Show finale. (FYI: For the dialup users, this may take a long time download. I’ll keep the videos on the site for a month or so, then remove them to save space.) Enjoy!