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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.
The 2019 POW! Parade of Wonders will take place on April 26, 2019 on Stephen Avenue, from 8th Street to Olympic Plaza, starting at 10:30 a.m. Over 4,000 cosplayers are expected to take part alongside Calgary Expo special guests for over 15,000 spectators. Pre-registration is encouraged, and is available now!
Want to participate in the Parade?
Want to watch the Parade?
Get ready to see Calgary’s finest fandom take to the street. We recommend arriving before 10:30 a.m. to get a great spot. Route maps are coming soon to highlight key viewing areas. We also encourage you to follow the parade to Olympic Plaza, as we officially open the 14th Annual Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo with our Opening Ceremony at 11:15 a.m.
Questions? Looking for tips?
Reach out to us via email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.