Digital parade plan introduced, marshal named for scaled-down Calgary Stampede

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CALGARY — There will probably be a parade to launch the upcoming Calgary Stampede, nevertheless it gained’t embrace lots of of 1000’s of followers lining town’s downtown streets.

Stampede officers introduced Wednesday that the parade, set for July 9, will probably be digital and can nonetheless embrace floats, marching bands and riders travelling by means of the Stampede grounds to kick off of the 10-day world-renowned rodeo and truthful.

The parade will probably be broadcast on World tv.

This yr’s parade marshal will probably be Katari Proper Hand, a 17-year-old fancy dancer from the Siksika First Nation east of Calgary.

She can be featured on this yr’s Calgary Stampede poster, which was designed by Calgary artist Lexi Hilderman. It exhibits Proper Hand dancing with rainbow ribbons flowing from her costume with the Rocky Mountains and darkish clouds within the background.

“I used to be impressed by the picture Lexi submitted and wished to be taught extra in regards to the outstanding younger girl featured,” mentioned Stampede President Steve McDonough.

“Katari Proper Hand’s title, Rainbow Lady, is a reminder that we’re popping out of a storm collectively and that because the clouds transfer behind us, the solar will shine once more.” 

Flooding in 2013 in the past devastated elements of Calgary and different areas in southern Alberta. However the Stampede went forward that yr, because it did by means of the Nice Melancholy and the Second World Struggle. 

Final yr, it was cancelled resulting from COVID-19.

Premier Jason Kenney introduced final month that the majority COVID-19 restrictions within the province might be passed by early July, clearing the way in which to holding the Stampede. A medical doctors group in Edmonton, nonetheless, has urged the premier to cancel main summer season occasions, together with the Stampede, or postpone them till the autumn.

Stampede officers have mentioned it’s to be a scaled-down model with a precedence on security. The chuckwagon races gained’t be held and a few indoor occasions might be moved outdoor.

The parade can be to incorporate a particular group of honorary parade marshals who’ve been instrumental within the battle towards COVID-19.

“We wish to acknowledge the important employees who’ve given a lot to our group all through the pandemic,” mentioned McDonough.

“From those that went to work every day at native grocery shops to make sure we had entry to important provides, to the medical workers who’ve labored so tirelessly.”

Final yr’s parade marshal, Brazilian lengthy rider Filipe Masetti Leite, can be being introduced in for the festivities.

Masetti Leite accomplished a 3,400-kilometre journey on horseback from Alaska to Calgary final yr, the identical day the Calgary Stampede was supposed to start. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed June 9, 2021.

Invoice Graveland, The Canadian Press

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