Early Stampede Parade
This mural takes you back to the 1912 and 1919 Stampede Parades showing teams of buffalo, mounted bands and parade marshal Cappy Smart.
Did You Know?
- The Stampede Parade route is 4.5 kilometers
- The Stampede Parade features over 700 horse and 4,000 participants each year
- The first Stampede Parade took place on September 2, 1912, Labour Day with over 80,000 people in attendance. Today the parade attracts over 400,000 spectators
- First Nations have played a prominent role in the Stampede Parade since 1912, when 1,800 members of Treaty 7 led the parade at the request of Stampede visionary, Guy Weadick
- Walt Disney was the 1965 parade marshal. The president of the Calgary Stampede always gets the honour of selecting the parade marshal.
- During the 1940s, cattle herding was a part of the parade; a short-lived tradition abandoned due to potential for a livestock stampede!