William and Catherine, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, may be exchanging their royal attire for plaid shirts, blue jeans and cowboy boots when visiting Calgary during Stampede on July 7th and 8th.
The best opportunity to see Their Royal Highnesses is prior to the start of the Stampede Parade on Friday July 8. Although citizens will not be able to greet them when they arrive in Calgary, a motorcade will take the Duke and Duchess along the parade route before the parade begins. They will then join Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Parade Marshal Rick Hansen in officially starting the parade.
To see the motorcade, you should be in place at the parade by 8:30 a.m. They will be travelling west from the 9th Avenue and 3rd Street S.E. area. The parade will begin at 8:55 a.m., starting at 3rd Street and 6th Avenue S.E.
There will be no public access to the area around Bow Valley Coll
ege but the event will be covered live on local television.
Public transit will be available to take visitors to the parade with added CTrains and buses in the downtown area following the parade. Roads into the downtown core will be closed Friday, July 8 at 7:30 a.m. Motorists should be aware that major disruptions could further delay their drive into the downtown core.
In addition to the Stampede Parade, the public has two other limited opportunities to view Their Royal Highnesses: July 7, at the BMO Centre and July 8 at Calgary Rotary Challenger Park.
In both cases, wristbands will be distributed in advance to ensure access to the event sites. Wristbands will be distributed at Max Bell Arena (1001 Barlow Trail S.E.) on a first-come, first-served basis on Wednesday, July 6, at 8 a.m.
The wristbands are free, with a limit of two wristbands per person. Individuals will have access to one of the events only. Designated areas for people with disabilities will be available.
Wristbands will provide limited access for 2,500 people at the north end of the BMO Centre at Stampede Park from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. where an invitation-only Government of Canada reception will be held in the evening.
Wristbands will provide limited access, for 3,100 people to Calgary Rotary Challenger Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the send-off to the airport for Their Royal Highnesses. There is no parking at the site. Calgary Transit will provide free buses to the site from Westwinds CTrain station for customers with wristbands.
Although the Duke and Duchess will be at other events during their visit to Calgary, public access is limited or by invitation only.
If you are able to see the Royals along the parade route, we encourage you to give them a hearty 'Yahoo!' (or 'Yee Haw' if you prefer).
For more information, please visit, calgary.ca/royaltour - info on Parking restrictions, parade route and accessibility maps too.