Photos: Calgary Stampede Parade a big hit with Calgarians

Calgary Stampede Parade marshal Kevin Costner walks his horse in front of Platform Calgary on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Up and down the Calgary Stampede Parade route on Friday, it wasn’t hard to hear the hoots and hollers, Yahoos, and ironic Oohays.

And a few shouts of “marry me Kevin Costner.”

The legendary, Oscar-winning actor served as this year’s parade marshal, along with honorary marshal John Scott.

“I’ve had really good luck up here with two movies and the band playing—we’re going to play tonight—and I was humbled to be invited,” said Costner.

He said that the idea of the West has continued to capture the imagination because of what it represents.

“I mean, no one’s ever going to tire of running horses, and rivers that don’t stop flowing, and mountains that don’t feel the need to move and are snow-capped, and these prairies that go forever,” said Costner.

“There’s something interesting about a man on a horse, and all he needs and the only thing that he needs is what that horse can carry—there’s something unique about that relationship, and to somehow feel that free that you could just ride off into the horizon,” he said.

The Calgary Police Service said that approximately 305,000 people lined the downtown core to watch the parade.

Post-parade, Stephen Avenue was packed with those Calgarians deciding not to take advantage of the free Stampede admission. Bars and restaurants had at times, long lineups to get in.

Numerous VIPs, dignitaries, and politicians from all parties and levels of government took part in the parade.

Mayor Jyoti Gondek rode next to Councillor Dan McLean in the parade. The mayor received one riding lesson last year, and a refresher two weeks before the parade with instructor Max Mackenney.

Photos from the Calgary Stampede Parade

Jenna Peters, the 2022 Stampede Princess, has a quiet moment with her horse pre-Calgary Stampede Parade at Fort Calgary on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Calgary Stampede Parade marshal Kevin Costner walks his horse in front of Platform Calgary on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Calgary Stampede Showriders in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Calgary Stampede float in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Harry the Horse rides by the Calgary Tower in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Calgary Stampede Parade marshal Kevin Costner, and honorary parade marshal John Scott walk their horses in front of the Calgary Tower on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Calgary’s Mayor Jyoti Gondek in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A pair of young fans get caught up in the crowd’s excitement over Kevin Costner at the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Calgary Stampede 2021 parade marshal Katari Right Hand in the 2022 parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
An estimated 305,000 people lined the streets, parkades, and Plus 15s for the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
People film the Calgary Stampede Parade from behind a YAHOO sign on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Cadets march in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Calgary Stampede Showband marches in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Many selfies were taken by attendees at the Calgary Stampede Parade as parade marshal Kevin Costner passed by, on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Sikapinakii Low Horn, the 2022 First Nations Princess, rides her horse in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The RCMP march in their Red Serge in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Alberta Ghostbusters, always a fan favourite, march and ride in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Members of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation wave to the crowds at the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Members of HMCS Calgary take a selfie with a fan of the Canadian Navy at the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Ismaili Muslims float in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Members of Calgary’s Chinese community weave their dragon through the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Members of Calgary’s Ukrainian community show off their traditional dress at the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Relay Race riders wave to the crowd during the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A Rotary International clown waves to the children during the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. The Rotary International convention will be one of the first major, and largest conventions, to take advantage of the new BMO Centre expansion at the Stampede Grounds. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
He looks like he was part of the parade, but this gentleman was just crossing the street during a break in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
An antique Calgary Fire Department truck at the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Members of Calgary’s Filipino community shared some of their traditional dress at the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Chelsa Drake, rider for the Calgary Stampeders touchdown horse, at the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Calgary Stampeders cheerleaders at the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Actors of Guns of the Golden West old west show put on a performance during the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Calgary Stampede Parade’s agricultural float featured a real blacksmith working a real anvil, on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Members of the Calgary Police Service march in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A Shriner taxis his airplane in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Not all things went to plan int he parade, as this Shriner car stopped working about half way through the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Shriners ride their dinosaurs to the delight of children watching the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Councillors Courtney Walcott (left), Gian-Carlo Carra, and Jasmine Mian in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Guns up partner from the Stampede Ranch float in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Members of Calgary’s Nigerian community march in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Mexican cowboys show off their roping skills during the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A trio of horse heads at the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Beakerhead shows off its pie float at the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Calgary’s Peruvian community had members dressed up as lamas and guinea pigs in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Parks Canada employees march in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Klingon from Vulcan—Vulcan, Alberta that is, march in the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A Calgary Western Rider lets out a big YAHOO for the end of the Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Patrons packed Stephen Avenue post Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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