City of Calgary

07/03/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/03/2019 13:08

Getting around during Stampede: What you need to know

This Friday, July 5, the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth kicks off with the 2019 Calgary Stampede Parade. Here's what you need to know before you saddle up and mosey on down to take in the action.

Parade road closures

Beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 5, the following roads will be closed for parade set-up:

  • 9 Ave. S.E. between 8 St. S.E. and 3 St. S.E.
  • 6 St. S.E. between 7 Ave. S.E. and 9 Ave. S.E.
  • 5 St. S.E. between 7 Ave. S.E. and 9 Ave. S.E.
  • 6 Ave. S.E. between 3 St. S.E. and 5 St. S.E.
  • 7 Ave. S.E. between 4 St. S.E. and 6 St. S.E.
  • 8 Ave. S.E. between 4 St. S.E. and 6 St. S.E.

During the parade, the following closures will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. to protect public and pedestrian safety along the whole route:

  • 4 St. S.E. between 6 Ave. S.E. and 9 Ave. S.E.
  • 3 St. S.E. between 4 Ave. S.E. and 9 Ave. S.E.
  • Westbound 6 Ave. from 3 St. S.E. to 11 St. S.W.
  • 10 St. S.W. from 6 Ave. S.W. to 9 Ave. S.W.
  • Eastbound 9 Ave. from 11 St. S.W. to 3 St. S.E.
  • Riverfront Ave. between 1 St. S.E. and 3 St. S.E.
  • 6 Ave. from 6 St. S.E. to 10 St. S.W.
  • 9 Ave. from 10 St. S.W. to 8 St. S.E.
  • The morning connector from Bow Tr. to westbound 5 Ave. S.W. will be open from 6 to 7 a.m. only.

Alternate routes into downtown are as follows:

  • Eastbound traffic on 9 Ave. will be directed to 11 St. S.W.
  • Motorists are advised to use 5 Ave. or 12 Ave. to bypass the closures.
  • Motorists are encouraged to use Blackfoot Tr., Stoney Tr., Crowchild Tr., 16 Ave. and Deerfoot Tr. as alternate routes into downtown.

All roadways are expected to reopen by approximately 2 p.m.

Motorists are reminded that vehicles in parkades and residences along these roads will not be able exit until the entire parade is complete and roads are re-opened.

Parking lot closures

During the parade, there will be limited access to several Calgary Parking Authority parkades and surface lots along the parade route. Vehicles entering these lots before the closure times will not be able to exit until the parade is complete and The City of Calgary re-opens the roads.

The following lots will be closed between 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 5:

  • Lot 55 (724 - 4 St. S.E.)
  • Lot 66 (830 - 9 Ave. S.W.)
  • Lot 75 (401 - 4 Ave. S.E.)
  • Fort Calgary (750 - 9 Ave. S.E.) - will be closed as of 9 a.m. on July 3 through 6 p.m. on July 5

The following lots will be closed between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, July 5

  • City Centre Parkade (221 - 9 Ave. S.W. entrance; parkade is accessible via 340 - 10 Ave. S.W. entrance)
  • Centennial Parkade (608 - 9 Ave. S.W. and 823 - 5 St. S.W.)
  • Convention Centre Parkade (727 - 1 St. S.E.)
  • Arts Commons Parkade (829 Macleod Tr. S.E.)
  • Lot 7 (208 - 9 Ave. S.W.)
  • City Hall Parkade (322 - 9 Ave. S.E.)

On-street ParkPlus zones along the parade route will not be accessible during the parade, but will be in effect once roads re-open.

Visit the Calgary Parking Authority for more information.

Parking restrictions

Parking restrictions will be in effect from 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 5 on the following roads:

  • 6 St. S.E. between 8 Ave. S.E. and 9 Ave.

  • 6 St. S.W. between 6 Ave. and 9 Ave. S.W. (west side)

  • 7 St. S.W. between 6 Ave. and 9 Ave. S.W. (east side)

  • 7 St. S.W. between 6 Ave. and 7 Ave. S.W. (west side)

  • 7 St. S.W. between 8 Ave. and 9 Ave. S.W. (west side)

  • 9 St. S.W. between 7 Ave. and 9 Ave. S.W. (east side)

  • 9 St. S.W. between 6 Ave. and 9 Ave. S.W. (west side)

  • Centre St. S. between 7 Ave. and 8 Ave. S.W. (west side)

  • 1 St. S.W. between 6 Ave. and 7 Ave. S.W. (west side)

  • 2 St. S.W. between 6 Ave. and 8 Ave. S.W. (west side)

  • 2 St. S.W. between 7 Ave. and 9 Ave. S.W. (east side)

  • 3 St. S.W. between 6 Ave. and 9 Ave. (both sides)

  • 6 St. SW between 6 Ave. and 9 Ave. (east side)

Parking restrictions will be in effect from 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5 on the following roads:

  • 10 Ave. S.E. between Macleod Tr. and Centre St. (north side)

  • 11 Ave. S.E. between 3 St. S.E. and Centre St. (north side)

  • 11 Ave. S.E. from Macleod Tr. to 1 St. S.E. (south side)

  • 11 Ave. S.W. between Centre St. and 11 St. S.W. (north side)

  • 12 Ave. S.W. between 6 St. S.W. and Centre St. (south side)

  • 12 Ave. S.E. between Centre St. and 1 St. S.E. (south side)

  • 12 Ave. S.W. between 2 St. S.W. and 1 St. S.W. (north side)

  • 12 Ave. S.E. between Macleod Tr. and 3 St. S.E.

  • The entire block surrounding Queen Elizabeth Junior and Senior High School: 18 St. N.W. and 16A St. N.W. between 6 Ave. and 2 Ave. N.W.

Getting downtown

Spectators travelling to the Stampede parade are encouraged to walk, bike or use Calgary Transit to get into the downtown core.

Transit will operate a 24-hour CTrain service through Stampede - from Thursday evening, July 4, until the early morning on Monday, July 15. On Parade Day, some regular and express bus services will be on detour to accommodate the parade. Fares must be paid to travel from downtown to the Stampede.

CTrain service runs before, during and after the parade and all downtown CTrain stations are within one block of the Parade route.

For more information on Transit during the Stampede, visit Calgary Transit's Stampede 101 webpage.

Viewing the parade

As downtown Calgary is extremely busy on Parade Day, we recommend arriving no later than 7 a.m. to beat the rush.

The parade can be viewed along the following route:

  • 7:30 a.m. - Parade prelude (on-street entertainment) begins.

  • 8:55 a.m. - Parade begins and takes the following route:

    • begins at 9 Ave. and 1 St. S.E. and travels west;

    • turns north at 9 Ave. and 10 St. S.W.;

    • turns east at 6 Ave. and 10 St. S.W.; and,

    • finishes at 6 Ave. and 3 St. S.E.

Note: the entire Parade route will remain closed to traffic until the last entry has left the route (approximately 2 p.m.).

View the Stampede Parade route map for more details.

Accessible viewing zones

The City of Calgary has reserved eight locations along the parade route to accommodate people with mobility challenges (canes, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters) and their friends/families.

Accessible viewing zones will be located on 6 Avenue and 9 Avenue, in the following eight areas:

  • On 6 Ave. at: 1 St. S.E., 2 St. S.W., 6 St. S.W. and 9 St. S.W.
  • On 9 Ave. at: Centre St., 2 St. S.W., 6 St. S.W. and 9 St. S.W.

The zones will be reserved until 8 a.m. on parade day. Space is limited, so plan to arrive early!

A map of accessible viewing zones is available here.

Keeping it clean

The City's street sweeping critters - Daisy, Barlow, Chestnut and Outlaw - will be out along the parade route helping to keep the streets clean and tidy.

Check out this time-lapse video to see how the critters are assembled for their big day.

For more information on planning ahead for the parade and Stampede events, visit calgary.ca/Stampede.

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