The Calgary Stampede is cancelled for the first time in history and Alberta is in mourning
The 2020 Calgary Stampede is officially cancelled for the first time in history, and all of Alberta has gone into mourning.
The annual rodeo event has run for 108 years, including during two World Wars, the Great Depression, and a devastating flood that swept through Calgary in 2013.
The Stampede was set to run from July 3-12 this year.
We are saddened to share that we are unable to host the 2020 Calgary Stampede. While this is difficult, we know it’s the right thing to do.— Calgary Stampede (@calgarystampede) April 23, 2020
We promise this does not mean the end of Stampede Spirit this year. Keep your hats on! https://t.co/US6GDOHzPR pic.twitter.com/natv2appa0
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi expressed his disappointment over the news, saying, "the Stampede is a critical part of who we are as Calgarians."
"For me, riding a horse at the front of the parade is a moment, even with all the people and all the noise, for some introspection on who we are as a community," he said. "I'm sad to not be at my tenth parade this year."
"But we'll dust ourselves off and come back even better. Together."
The Stampede is a critical part of who we are as Calgarians. It’s almost impossible to imagine a summer without it.— Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) April 23, 2020
But these are extraordinary times and the Stampede has done what they always do: put the community first
And Nenshi isn't the only local that's disappointed.
Thousands of Albertans have taken to Twitter to express their sadness over the loss of pancake breakfasts, midway rides, chuckwagons, fireworks, deep-fried oreos, and all of the other iconic things that Stampede has to offer.
with stampede being cancelled I have nothing to live for— madz (@maddyzwarych) April 23, 2020
In fact, some Albertans are having what can only be described as a minor identity crisis.
I’ve literally never experienced a year without Stampede in my whole life. I know it’s just a festival but it’s such a huge part of who we are— Katie Summers ✨ (@katiessummerss) April 23, 2020
Particularly because they've had their cowboy hats and boots ready to go since last August.
Calgary, now that Stampede is cancelled. pic.twitter.com/trcoId8yWL— Angela (@ngelavaliant) April 23, 2020
And even though the decision to cancel the event is somewhat expected, some Albertans just can't believe it — especially since the Stampede slogan after the flood was "Come Hell or High Water."
The Calgary Stampede has been cancelled. Wow. I mean I get it, we all do, but Stampede has such a "git'er done" attitude. Remember the flood and the "come hell or high water" Stampede?— Michele Austin (@_MicheleAustin) April 23, 2020
I literally still have that t-shirt from 2013.
Still, one Albertan couldn't resist cracking a joke about the whole situation.
It's reassuring to know that cancelling the Calgary Stampede will not only prevent further Covid-19 transmission, but will also contribute to slowing the spread of herpes and syphilis.— Simon (@bauxoffice) April 23, 2020
And another Albertan came up with a list of guidelines on how locals can celebrate Stampede in the comfort of their own homes.
If the Calgary Stampede is off, don't worry you can still have the Stampede at home.— Jesse Modz (@jessemodz) April 23, 2020
1. If your kids are playing outside, make em wait 3 hours lined up at the door before you let em in.
2. Puke around your house and leave it.
3. Make pancakes this week - eat them next week.
The news of Calgary Stampede's cancellation comes just hours after Edmonton announced that two of its biggest summer festivals won't be going ahead this year.
The Calgary Folk Fest is similarly cancelled.
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