Calgary live events industry reflects on Calgary Stampede

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The Calgary Stampede says it welcomed conscionable nether 530,000 visitors to the revamped lawsuit this year, a considerably — and possibly unsurprisingly — little turnout than erstwhile years.

In 2019, astir 1.3 cardinal radical attended the Greatest Outdoor Show connected Earth.

Despite the driblet successful attendance, unrecorded lawsuit manufacture professionals accidental Stampede organizers should beryllium commended for successfully putting connected a large-scale lawsuit amidst a pandemic.

“I deliberation they did a large occupation managing each the hazard absorption and each of the wellness and information — not lone for the patrons coming in, but for the animals and for their unit and each their vendors,” LP Events proprietor Lesley Plumley said.

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“I deliberation they did a fantastic job.”

While the Stampede is undoubtedly Calgary’s marquee lawsuit each summer, the 2021 variation was much than ever a bellwether for immoderate of the city’s different fashionable events inactive to come.

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“We ever look astatine Stampede,” says Marda Gras Street Festival organizer Shannon McNally, “especially this twelvemonth [to see] however radical perceived going retired and being astir others.”

Similar to Stampede, the long-running thoroughfare festival connected 33 Ave S.W. volition spot guests beryllium fixed much country to roam.

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“We’re not going to person arsenic agelong of a agelong for the festival, possibly a fewer little vendors, conscionable to springiness everyone a accidental to truly dispersed out.”

Looking up to the remainder of summer, unrecorded euphony volition predominate July.

On July 22, the Calgary Folk Music Festival volition footwear disconnected with a modified lawsuit called Summer Serenades astatine Prince’s Island Park. The festival, which runs until July 28, volition beryllium scaled down to 1 stage, portion amenities specified arsenic the household country and artisan marketplace volition beryllium absent this year.

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The Calgary International Blues Festival returns to Shaw Millenium Park for a four-day lawsuit connected July 29.

The festival’s creator manager expects determination to beryllium astir 3,500 full visitors, and says the impermanent acquisition volition beryllium adjacent to what it was successful erstwhile years, albeit with a fewer further changes.

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“We bash person immoderate COVID absorption things going on,” said Cindy McLeod.

“We’ll make a abstraction for radical that take to deterioration masks and and socially distance.”

Plumley says the unrecorded events manufacture inactive has a agelong roadworthy up to financially recovery, but that the interaction of what the Stampede was capable to execute should not beryllium understated.

“What the Stampede did was amusement that you tin inactive spell in, nary masks and vaccinated, and spot people’s faces and beryllium capable to creation again.

“It showed everybody we tin bash wide gathering safely and effectively.”

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