Yesterday was the last day of Calgary Stampede 2018, and we can not say but thank you to The Calgary Stampede Organization @calgarystampede for preparing such a great event for Calgarians and people from around the world to enjoy, especially families like us!
In 14 years we have been living in this magical city, we had not enjoyed the Calgary Stampede like we did this year. Being parents of a three year old changes the game to a whole new level. First of all, watching the Parade from a child’s perspective: it’s a totally different experience. Everything is so wonderful, everything is new and exciting, the horses, the music, the festivity of the environment and the cheerful people along the streets in downtown.
Our son enjoyed the view since early in the morning from his grandparents’ balcony located right in the core of East Village. How lucky are we? Yes, We know! Looking all the participants getting lined up, getting ready for the parade, made our morning routine a little bit difficult to follow, as our three year old did not want, for anything in the world, come to have breakfast! Ahhh the things we let pass just for the Stampede!
After the Parade, and in our way to Stampede Ground, we made a strategic stop at The Village Ice Cream in East Village to enjoy their art of making ice cream. Already refreshed and a little bit rested, we continued our journey to enter the park. It was really exciting to get cheered by all the wonderful volunteers who seemed eager to sharing the party our city was hosting.
We started our journey at the WestJet Skyride, so our son Nicolas could see the magnitude of what was happening, and for us to have a better scope, location wise, of the rides that were age appropriate for him. We loved the ride so much that we did it again and we, Ivan and I had the chance to do it with Nicolas and hearing all the awesome exclamation words he said along the way: “wow’s” and “look at that” and “amazing” certainly make you feel like a child again.
The line up for the rides weren’t too bad and we enjoyed everything from the beginning till the end, the ride, the “woohoo’s” and the “wow’s” after each ride sounded so glorious coming from my son and his lucky dad, who went on with Nico while I took care of this baby in the way and the stuff we were carrying.
We ended going to the Stampede again on another day, the heat was very hard to swallow, but we made the fun and enjoyment double. This time with a better understanding of where to go and what to visit with Nicolas: kid’s rides, animals to pet, not too many sweets and treats for us to indulge, and of course, the always amazing Indian Village with all their colourful teepes, colourful outfits and great music that makes you stand up and dance with Mother Earth to the rhythm of their drums.
Last night The Magical Stampede was over. We celebrated the end by looking and appreciating the fireworks, making a promise to come back again next year, with our new bundle of joy who in July 2019 will be eight months (although I am not so sure I want to venture with an eight month old) but eager and excited to see, experience and live the joy of ten magical days put together by The Calgary Stampede Organization again, thank you!
Until next time,
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