Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the streets of downtown Calgary Friday for the 2016 Calgary Stampede Parade.
About 250,000 people typically attend the parade every year, which serves as the official kickoff to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
Approximately 35 floats, 15 marching bands, 700 horses and 4,000 participants will all take part in this year’s event.
Most businesses are set to close as residents dressed in cowboy hats, boots, and jeans fill the streets.
Singers Paul Brandt and Jann Arden are the parade marshals for this year.
The parade will also include a special tribute to the first responders in the Fort McMurray wildfires.
Former Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish will be this year’s celebrity judge to choose a recipient for the 2016 Celebrities’ Choice Award.
The 2016 Calgary Stampede will run until July 15th.
With files from Rana Aladdin