Got up at 5:00am so we could go downtown for the Calgary Stampede parade. The royal couple was driving through the route backwards and then starting the parade and so it was crazy crowded. We managed to get a second row area behind some people who had camped out since 7:30 last night. We got there shortly after 6am and still had 3 hours to wait in crowds before anything started.
Vacation is really catching up to all of us. There has been to many new places, late nights, and early mornings. The 5 hour night last night really pushed it over the edge. We were all walking zombies. Ian fell back asleep before the parade started and then again later in the morning.
We did get to see the royal couple! I saw the queen when I was about Lily’s age and now she can say she has seen royalty as well. We didn’t seem them well, they drove through really quick with a bunch of police on motorcycles and cars.
Shortly after 9 the parade started and lasted for 2 ½ hours. Lots of horses, cars, floats, bands and beauty queens. It was fun to do, but I think I have had my fill of parades for a while.
After the parade we wondered around downtown, looked in shops and found lunch. Calgary is a very nice city. Lots of green space and parks. The crowds were crazy though, and I will be ready to get back out into the woods. I always thought I would want to be more of a city girl, but the older I get the more reclusive and outdoorsy I prefer.
The crowd was all decked up for the stampede. More cowboy hats, boots and plaid shirts than I have probably seen in my life (all combined). My dad assured me it was only for this week, then they go back to looking like a big city again.
Everyone crashed in the afternoon except Ian so I stayed awake with him and worked on pictures. Our plan was to walk to the other side of the stampede grounds and watch the fireworks at 10 from there, but we never made it. Grandpa started reading a story about an Everest climber and Ian feel fast asleep. By 9:30 when we were supposed to leave we were to tired to get up. We attempted to watch from the living room window again Hubby fell asleep shortly after they started, and Lily and I were asleep by the end. Since we are farther north and pretty far west in the time zone, the sun doesn’t set until almost 10 so everything is pushed later.
One more full day in a string of them. They have all been great, but they are catching up…hopefully we can slow down a bit in the next few days and get caught up on rest.
I can almost make out her face 🙂
As a child I was always a Flames fan.
These statues were right accross from where we were watching the parade. There was close to 10 of them all about 16′ to 18′.
Ian is such a goof. He got soaking wet at a fountain and then had to go to the bathroom. I had to sneak him into the library