Wipe the mud off your boots and seize the cowboy hat — the Calgary Stampede Parade is again.
The Stampede Parade formally kicked off the 10-day occasion on Friday morning.
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Led by parade marshal Kevin Costner, the parade began at 9 am and ran till only a bit after 11 am
2022 Calgary Stampede parade marshal, Kevin Costner
Costner spoke at a media availability together with the 2022 honorary parade marshal John Scott. In accordance with the Calgary Stampede, Scott has been an instrumental member of the Stampede neighborhood and has been on the coronary heart of the native movie trade for greater than 50 years, showcasing southern Alberta on each the large and small screens.
When requested if the pair have labored collectively in movie, Scott talked about he is rounded up some horses for Costner prior to now, one particularly being the 2003 flick Open Vary. Though when Costner took to the mic, he joked about who’s the true cowboy on the town.
“This is the reality: John is an actual cowboy and I am an imaginary cowboy,” Costner joked.
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“I understand how fortunate I have been in my life and never many individuals get to save lots of the lady, get to save lots of the day, get to go after the ‘dangerous man’ and I typically really feel like once I’m doing it (appearing ) I am doing it for everyone. You recognize, I attempt to do my very own stunts as a result of I do know (anyone may say), ‘in the event that they did not have the possibility to do it themselves, why would you even need to get into this recreation?'”
Costner credited Scott together with others within the western trade for serving to through the years to make the movies he is in as “genuine” as they are often.
“It takes quite a lot of actual cowboys to come back alongside and make it what it’s.”
The theme of this yr’s Stampede is “collectively once more,” after the pandemic ended up shutting down the Biggest Outside Present on Earth in 2020 after which in 2021, there was a modified model of the occasion together with a compressed, no-attendees parade.
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Costner defined together with his profession and life within the highlight. He typically goes and does issues the place others do not need to be part of him, which is ok when he has to attend issues by himself, however stated it is “at all times so significantly better to be with folks.”
“We want one another,” Costner stated.
“COVID has reminded us typically that issues may be taken from us in a wink of a watch and to grasp we will come again out and have fun this parade, this annual factor that is been taking place for over 100 years.”
The parade was hosted by International’s Dallas Flexhaug, Blake Lough, Leslie Horton and Jeff McArthur from The Morning Present.
This yr’s parade featured greater than 90 entrants, together with marching bands, floats and mounted shade events. The 2022 parade route began at 3 Road SE and made its means west alongside 9 Avenue till 10 Road SW the place it headed north to six Avenue SW earlier than making its means again east to three Road SE
Discover components of the 2022 Stampede Parade within the picture gallery featured under.
“The Calgary Stampede Parade Committee is keen to get again to doing what they love — placing on a full parade,” stated Dwayne Spence, chair of the Calgary Stampede Committee.
“We have now assembled a terrific lineup with lots of the conventional entries Calgarians look ahead to seeing, in addition to a couple of new surprises.”
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Third-generation rancher John Scott has been named honorary parade marshal. His firm, John Scott Productions, is closely concerned within the native movie trade. For greater than 50 years, it has showcased southern Alberta on the small and large screens.
Officers with the Biggest Outside Present on Earth are promising a pre-pandemic occasion at this yr’s Calgary Stampede.
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