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Fri: 4:00PM - 9:00PM, Sat: 10:00AM - 7:00PM, Sun: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Co-presented with Downtown Calgary
The POW! Parade of Wonders is a cosplay parade celebrating pop culture and creativity in Calgary’s downtown, and the official kick off to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo! It’s free to participate, but there is a catch … to walk in the parade you MUST be decked out in cosplay. Expo goers and downtown office workers alike get involved and join in on the fun and witness this unique event.
Friday, April 24, 2020
Schedule of Events
9:00 - 10:30 AM: Staging
8th Avenue SW is closed from 8th St to 10th St for parade staging. All parading cosplayers are asked to be in their parade order no later than 10:00 AM. Vehicles and floats are asked to be in parade order no later than 9:30 AM.
10:30 AM: Parade begins, led by our Honourary Parade Marshal
The parade will begin at 8th & 8th and parade to Olympic Plaza. The FAN ZONE will be a hosted section with bleachers and prizes, but every spot along the route will get the same show! The parade is approximately 30 minutes long.
11:15 AM: Calgary Expo Opening Ceremonies
Join paraders and fans alike to witness the Calgary Expo Opening Ceremonies at Olympic Plaza. We always have few celebrity friends and special surprises in store…
We want to see your posts! Celebrate being geeky in beautiful downtown Calgary by using #POWParade #IAMDOWNTOWN along with #CalgaryExpo at the POW! Parade of Wonders.
Questions? Looking for tips?
Reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org and engage with us on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #CalgaryExpo #POWParade. Don’t forget to share your journey on parade day using #IAMDOWNTOWN as we share our love of downtown Calgary around the world!
For your safety and to prevent your props from being damaged, please do not bring your props or prop weapons in the parade. There is no official prop or prop weapons check at the Parade, but The Calgary Police Service will be on site and we will rely on their discretion as to what is appropriate and inappropriate to include in a public parade. Any props or prop weapons that look realistic from even a few feet away may be declined, and no storage options are available.
Yes. There are limited spots available for organizations to walk in the parade as a group, but all organizations must adhere to Parade guidelines (ie: all participants must be in full cosplay, etc.) Connect with our team at email@example.com to find out if spots are still available. Unfortunately, no floats, animals or vehicles are permitted in the parade at this time.
Definition of Cosplay: the art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction. With that said, keep in mind that your Batman pajamas are not cosplay, nor is your Storm Trooper baseball hat (even though they’re probably awesome!). Full cosplay is a full costume, which may or may not have masks and may or may not be built and designed by the wearer.
We also ask that you keep in mind that the POW! Parade is family-friendly, public event and will take place rain or shine.