What a weekend we just had! I can hear people getting annoyed with me as I keep finding ways to talk about every aspect of my weekend to everyone I run into because it was just that great. By the end of the weekend, the four of us could hardly believe how much life experience we packed into just five days. Somewhere between Stampede breakfasts, media appearances and CFL events we managed to squeeze in riding in a parade and a school visit.
The parade was our first as Stampede Royalty and will definitely be a memorable one. It was a clear day so we had lots of sunshine and the weather was not terribly cold (nothing us Canadians can’t handle) so tons of people showed up. It was pretty awesome riding through Edmonton with the Grey Cup Committee seeing everyone come together for the parade all bundled up and sporting different jerseys. Attached is a link to the parade and you can see us at the 1:01:35 mark
Another major highlight for us was the school visit. Every year the Calgary Grey Cup Committee chooses a school and brings the band, Charlie the Horse, clowns, us and lots of Calgary spirit! We were introduced after a few songs and walked into a room of bright eyed and cheery students. It was our duty to teach the kids a line dance, and I would say after about the third playing of Cadillac Ranch we had a whole gym full of new cowboys and cowgirls. Once we got everyone seated again, Eva brought it home and mesmerized the room with her Jingle dance. It was a proud moment for us to be able to bring tradition, culture and classic Calgary Stampede hospitality to a great group of people. We want to send a big thank you to the staff and students of Inglewood Elementary in Edmonton for welcoming us into their school and dancing with us!
We also cannot thank the Grey Cup Committee enough for taking us in and putting up with our crazy antics all weekend. You are all incredible people who have given us a weekend we will forever remember and a new sense of pride in our city. Grey Cup 2010 will go down in my story telling books as one of the best weekends of my life!