Tomorrow, the Calgary Stampede centennial kicks off with the annual downtown Stampede parade. One of the oldest standing Stampede traditions, the parade draws tens of thousands of spectators into the downtown core for a procession of more than 170 floats and entries including horse riders, dance performances and marching bands.
Commencing promptly at 8:55 am, the two-hour parade will be marshalled by country music legend Ian Tyson. Beginning at Third Street SE, the procession travels west down Sixth Avenue and south on to 10th Street SW. At Ninth Avenue, the parade heads east until it finishes the 4.5 km route at Fourth Street SE. Bleachers have been set up along the parade, but seating will be limited, so arrive early—and don’t forget to bring sunscreen.
Before the parade, attendees can fill up on pancakes, sausages and classic Canadian maple syrup at any one of several free downtown pancake breakfasts. The Roadhouse (840 – 9 Ave SW) offers a complimentary breakfast 8 am until 10 am and seating that overlooks the parade route along Ninth Avenue. Other inner-city flapjack flips will be held at the Drum & Monkey (1201 – 1 St SW) and Bow Valley College (300 – 6 Ave SE). Breakfasts around the city throughout Stampede Week can be found at Flap Jack Finder.
Those looking for an early morning pick-me-up can find some of the best local coffee minutes from the parade route at Art Central’s posh deVille Luxury Coffee & Pastries (200, 100 – 7 Ave SW) and at Caffee Artigiano (103, 400 – 4 St SW). – Sarah Sussman