Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Calgary Stampede

Yes folks, it is that time of year again. Ten days while Calgary regresses into the Wild West. But if you are planning on attending bring plenty of money with you!

I was talking to someone who claimed that one of the Midway rides was priced at $75. Apparently you strap yourself into a small capsule that is attached to the worlds biggest slingshot.

Now I like adventure as much as the next guy. But participating in my own discomfort is not high on my list of 'fun things to do'. I think I would prefer to get into 'do it yourself' lobotomies, or open heart surgery using a chain saw.

Back in the early 80's the stampede was not quite the international 10 day drunk that it is now. Well, that may be a bit of a lie, it was a 10 day drunk, but it was locals, now its folks from all over the world!

Tomorrow is the big kick off event, the parade. This parade features the largest number of horses in any parade world wide, over 1000 horses will be walking, and shiting their way through downtown Calgary.

Running time is scheduled for 2 hours. The best bit is watching the end of it. A fleet of street sweepers follow the action picking up the horses stuff!

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