June 9, 2016
Mr. Len Webber (Calgary Confederation, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, on July 8, the greatest outdoor show on earth will kick off with the annual spectacle of the Calgary Stampede Parade.
As a past Calgary Stampede board of director, I am pleased that award-winning singer-songwriter Jann Arden and homegrown country music superstar Paul Brandt will lead the 2016 Calgary Stampede Parade.
These two great Calgarians, both eight-time JUNO Award winners, will lead more than 150 western-themed entries, including 30 marching bands, 40 floats, 750 horses, and 250,000 people along the parade route.
It is not just a parade marching down the avenue, it is a march through tradition, history, and local Calgary culture.
While our western roots are strong, we also have multicultural flair, with many people travelling from all over the world to walk and ride in the parade.
I invite all Canadians to come down to Calgary this July.