Photos: First Flip not a flop, as hundreds attend start of Calgary Stampede season

Mayor Jyoti Gondek, Premier Jason Kenney, and Calgary-North MLA Muhammad Yaseen vie to see who has the most accurate flip at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

It was batter up for flapjacks and sausages on Stephen Avenue on Thursday, signalling a return to a much more normal Stampede year.

Hundreds of Calgarians, and even a few intra-provincial visitors chowed down on pancakes for the early morning event on July 7.

And as a bellwether for the Stampede to come, the interest and demand bode well for the next 10 days in the core said Calgary Downtown Association CEO, Mark Garner.

“I think everybody is thereā€”I’m hearing numbers like 1.5, 1.7 million people,” he said.

“I mean, we’ll find out tomorrow with the parade to see. The energy level seeing all the stands going out, and everybody getting ready, I think it’s gonna be a great parade and I think it’s gonna carry all the way through Stampede this year.”

Premier Jason Kenney laughed about the number of politicians at the First Flip.

“Sometimes my staff can try to get me to be like long talking point political speeches at these things, but that’s not why people come out to this, they just come out for a good time, to get together, to reconnect,” he said.

“I mean, the mayor and I were having a blast flipping pancakes. We have our share of disagreements, but we put all that aside to be Calgarians first during Stampede, and that’s what I encourage people to do.”

Photos from First Flip

Mayor Jyoti Gondek, Premier Jason Kenney, and Calgary-North MLA Muhammad Yaseen vie to see who has the most accurate flip at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Mayor Jyoti Gondek, Premier Jason Kenney, and Calgary-North MLA Muhammad Yaseen at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The batter was poured almost non-stop at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Stacks large and plentiful were given out at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Yahoo as hundreds of Calgarians sit down for a meal at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Chinook Country Line Dancers perform to the music of the Red Hot Hayseeds at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Chinook Country Line Dancers perform to the music of the Red Hot Hayseeds at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Premier Jason Kenney and Mayor Jyoti Gondek pose with the Chinook Country Line Dancers for photos at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Red Hot Hayseeds perform at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Mikaela Jaye gets lassoed at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Darren Pascoe, left, and his father Doug Pascoe, both from Ontario, got white-hatted by Tourism Calgary volunteer Dode Stiles during the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
It wasn’t just pancakes being flipped, as a member of the Green Fools did some juggling at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Councillor Richard Pootmans flips some pancakes at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Councillors Courtney Walcott (left), Terry Wong, and Kourtney Penner do some flipping of their own at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Councillors Kourtney Penner and Courtney Walcott get their photo taken at the First Flip Pancake Breakfast on Stephen Avenue in Calgary on Thursday, July 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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