Growing up in Calgary, you go through phases with the Stampede. The first is love. As a kid, the Stampede means parades, rides, and cotton candy. It means betting on who wins the chuck wagon races using nickels and being awestruck by the fireworks. Sure, you have to wear the lost kids tag for the day...just in case...but going to the Stampede as a kid is awesome. And there's cotton candy :)
As a teenager, the Stampede means freedom. You can wander the grounds, meet new people, look at cute boys, and eat mini donuts. The first time you get to go with your friends but without your parents? The world is your oyster (plus - the cotton candy).
This is the 100 year anniversary of the Stampede - so this year will be the biggest party of them all. Everything will be bigger and better. I haven't been back to Calgary for the Stampede since I left the city in 2005. I'm really regretting not planning a trip for this week.
It all kicks of today with the parade. So happy parade day Calgary! Enjoy the fun, enjoy the party, and have a Bud in a plastic cup for me. Yahoo!