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Calgary Stampede celebrates Pride Day

Last Updated Jul 6, 2019 at 2:27 pm MST

CityNews

CALGARY (CityNews) – The 7th annual Calgary Stampede Pride Day is being held today at Nashville North.

Spokesperson Charles Macmichael tells CityNews: “Pride Day at Stampede started with just eight friends having fun and has grown to be a full day event with over 1300 attendees and a full day of entertainment as they carve out a safe and inclusive space in one of the oldest events in the country.”

“This year was the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, often credited with the start of the modern pride movement and one of the central parts of that riot is people in drag, so we’ve asked Carly York-Jones and Mo. B Dick, a drag queen and drag king to come back this year and perform for us on the stage; it’s a great way to entertain but also a great way to be visible.”

Macmichael says he’s “really embraced the idea that the Calgary Stampede is not about the past it’s about the future and about opening those things up and anyone can be a cowboy, a cowgirl or a cowperson, but there’s still work to do.”

Stampede Pride Day runs from 2-6 p.m.