Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

Jump boots’n’all into a full day at CS and you’ll al­ways get your money’s worth. But you don’t need to pay big bucks to soak up the at­mos­phere. En­try to Stam­pede Park, where much of the free fun takes place, is com­pli­men­tary for the day when you buy Calgary Stam­pede Rodeo and Evening Show tick­ets in ad­vance. But gen­eral en­try also is free be­fore 11am on a Sun­day Fam­ily Day. The Calgary Stam­pede ex­cite­ment ac­tu­ally starts long be­fore you walk through the gates. Each year, the CS of­fi­cially be­gins with the Calgary Stam­pede Parade, which will hit the streets of down­town Calgary this year on Fri­day, July 5. Cana­di­ans, like their other North Amer­i­can neigh­bours, love a parade. And this pro­ces­sion is a taste of what is to come over 12 venues in the CS grounds. Through­out the CS fes­ti­val, city bars and restau­rants over­flow day and night with big-buck­led, blue-jeaned, cow­boy-hat­ted, boot-wear­ing par­ty­go­ers eat­ing their way through big-steak and Tex-mex-style meals and swill­ing beers and whiskeys.

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