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Kevin Costner announced as 2022 Calgary Stampede parade marshal

This year's Calgary Stampede Parade features Hollywood star Kevin Costner as Parade Marshal.
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In a video message, Costner said he's proud to be part of the Stampede's 'celebration of western heritage'. Photo supplied.

The iconic Calgary Stampede Parade returns on Friday, July 8, with a bang; led by popular actor, director and musician Kevin Costner as this year’s Parade Marshal.

Costner is known to many as the star of popular films like Silverado, No Way Out, The Untouchables, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Bodyguard, Wyatt Earp, Tin Cup, Open Range, Draft Day, McFarland, USA, Hidden Figures, The Highwaymen, and Let Him Go. Since 2018 he has portrayed the patriarch of the Dutton family on the award-winning television show Yellowstone. A modern-day western, the show is filmed in the rolling hills and Rocky Mountains of Darby, Montana, which is reflected in Costner’s love of western heritage and culture.

Costner is no stranger to the Calgary Stampede or the city of Calgary, having filmed Open Range and Let Him Go outside of the city. A long-time fan of the spectacular scenery in southern Alberta, and a supporter of the Calgary Stampede, Costner has a personal connection to Calgary and Alberta.

“I just wanted to tell you how nice it was to be selected as Parade Marshal,” Costner said in a taped message after the announcement.

“You don’t see those kinds of things coming. I have a lot of fond memories of being in Calgary. It has made a big difference to me in my life to make Open Range and Let Him Go there. It’s one of the most beautiful spots and the world focuses on Calgary and the Parade, which started a long time ago in celebration of western heritage. On July 8, I’ll be there and I’m really honoured to be a part of what you have done for so long and carry on a tradition. See you at the Parade.”

Costner is also an avid musician, playing guitar and singing with his country-rock band Kevin Costner & Modern West. He and his band will perform at The Big Four Roadhouse following his Parade Marshal duties on Friday, July 8, in the evening.

“We are excited to welcome Kevin Costner to help kick off the return of the Calgary Stampede Parade,” said Steve McDonough, President and Chairman of the Board, Calgary Stampede. “What he represents, through his work and organic love of the modern west, is paralleled in the essence and values of the Calgary Stampede.”

The Parade is led each year by the Parade Marshal, a special individual who exemplifies the values of the Stampede. From Bing Crosby (1959), Bob Hope (1963), Walt Disney (1965), Wilf Carter (1984), Jack Palance (1997), Sam Elliot (1998), to William Shatner (2014) and many more. Past Marshals include many stars in the entertainment industry and have also recognized individuals for their remarkable personal achievements, such as Olympians, astronauts, mountain climbers and cancer survivors.

The 2022 Stampede Parade will also welcome John Scott as honorary Parade Marshal. A third-generation rancher, Scott has been at the heart of the local film industry for over 50 years, showcasing southern Alberta on the big and small screens. His company, John Scott Productions, has been part of seven Oscar-winning films, while Scott is also an all-around industry champion, horse wrangler, stunt coordinator, and horse and livestock supplier.

The Calgary Stampede Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 8. Those unable to attend in person are invited to watch Global Calgary broadcast all of the excitement live.

Following the Parade on Friday, July 8, there's free admission to Stampede Park between 11 a.m.—1:30 p.m.! For more information, visit calgarystampede.com.