The Calgary Stampede is getting ready to kick off, as the annual parade will take place on Friday.

Folks from across the city, country, and world will gather in the downtown core just before 9 a.m. to watch the event.

The parade will run for two hours, and residents who arrive early will be entertained by Parade Prelude.

This year's festivities will feature more then 100 entries comprised of the following:

  • 21 floats.
  • 11 bands.
  • 40 equine. 

The parade will also see more then 700 horses being featured.

Actor Owen Crowshoe will be leading the parade for this year along with being the official M.C. for the Calgary Stampede Powwow.

Following the event the official kick off to the Calgary Stampede will begin.