I woke up bright and early on Friday to make the trip into Calgary to attend the 2014 Stampede Parade. Even though I grew up in Alberta and my dad and uncles were often contestants in the rodeo, I had never actually gone to the parade (the second largest one in North America, after the Rose Bowl Parade).
I am on a visit from Mexico so it’s great timing that I am here during Stampede fever.
My brother was also riding in the parade as an out-rider for the Tsuu T’ina (Sarcee) Nation wagon so it was even more of a reason to go.
There were many highlights, but what caught my attention the most was the absolutely gorgeous regalia of the Nakoda/Stoney, Siksika/Blackfoot, and Tsuu T’ina/Sarcee nations. The amount of work and skill, not to mention heritage, that goes in to each piece is just amazing.
During the Stampede you can learn more about the traditions and culture of the five tribes native to the Calgary area at the Indian Village.
You can also gawk at the stunning regalia at the Indian Parade which happens several times over the duration of the Stampede.