Welcome to the 6th edition of my series “A Party to Remember!”
This interview-based web series, you’ll learn about the best parties and nightlife all over the world from other travel bloggers.
In this episode, I am proud to have the famous Tamara (A.K.A. Globe Guide) describes her favorite party in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her story is going to make you want to attend this one-of-a-kind celebration. I visited Calgary in 2009, but never had the change to attend this epic event…
If you want to be featured in this series, then please contact me with your party idea and I will send you the guidelines. My aim is to cover nightlife all over the globe, so please try to contribute a party that hasn’t already been covered.
Ok, now I’ll let Tamara take over 🙂
Tamara Elliott is a Canadian journalist and the founder of the travel website Globe Guide, which offers savvy advice for planning extraordinary adventures. She’s also a travel hacker, and loves nothing more than getting luxury experiences for cheap—and is sure to share her tricks with her readers!
Question 1: What was the party/event and where was it?
The Calgary Stampede happens for 10 days every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A celebration of the Wild West, it kicks off with a huge parade that winds through downtown and features cowboys, marching bands, floats and celebrities (previous parade marshals have included the likes of William Shatner). There are also rodeo grounds, a midway, exhibitions, free concerts, a nightly fireworks show and food stalls selling crazy things like deep-fried donut burgers. However, my favourite part is all the beer tents! It’s like Oktoberfest, but with cowboy hats instead of lederhosen.
Check out Tamara’s complete guide to the stampede!
Question 2: How did you hear about this party/event? Did you randomly stumble upon it, or did you plan to go?
I’ve lived in Calgary my whole life, so I’ve been going every year since I was a little girl. I tell everyone I meet to make sure that if they plan on traveling to Calgary, that they need to time their visit with Stampede!
Question 3: Did anything funny or ‘out of the ordinary’ happen that night? Please share the story!
Every year, my very first stop is the infamous Cowboys Dance Hall. This is THE place to be, thanks to the massive tent that transforms an adjacent parking lot into a nightclub. Thousands of people outfitted in daisy dukes, cowboy hats and boots cram in and spend the night guzzling beer and attempting to square dance. My favourite thing to do is wrangle my way into the VIP area, which is upstairs and overlooks the entire bar. Not only does this virtually guarantee that I can drink for free, but I always bump into celebrities and athletes. Here’s a photo of me and Jesse Palmer (former NFL quarterback and star of The Bachelor).
Question 4: What were the top 3 highlights from that night?
My top three favourite things about partying during the Calgary Stampede were:
1) Busting out my cowgirl outfit. I love wearing cowboy hats and cute bandanas!!
2) You never know who you’re going to run into, whether it’s someone famous or an old friend you haven’t seen in years
3) That it’s totally appropriate to start drinking at 7 a.m. and not go to work for 10 days. Seriously.
Question 5: What advice can you give for anyone else that wants to attend this event and party like you did?
My advice for anyone heading out to party during the Calgary Stampede is to bring lots of money, and wear comfortable cowboy boots (if there is such a thing!). If you want to go party in the Cowboys tent or at Nashville North which also on the Stampede grounds, you’ll want to get there before 7 p.m. as the lineups can be insane. Also, try not to plan anything for the next day, as it’s safe to say you will be extremely hungover.
Have you ever been to the Stampede?