He may only be one day into his retirement, but Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield had some big boots to fill when he took to the Calgary Stampede parade route Friday morning.

Hadfield rose to Canadian celebrity status for his recent five-month stint aboard the International Space Station, but on Friday morning he slipped his feet into a brand new pair of custom-made cowboy boots to become the parade marshal for the 101st Calgary Stampede parade.

"One horsepower - Jag and I are ready to ride!" he tweeted to his followers early Friday, along with a picture of the pure-white horse he would ride from beginning to end of the parade route.

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Looking like a true "Space Cowboy" - a nickname affectionately given by the people of Calgary when they learned Hadfield would lead the parade - Hadfield came ready to ride in the requisite white hat, cowboy shirt, blue jeans and belt buckle.


To round out his cowboy attire, Hadfield sported a pair of cowboy boots adorned with a maple leaf on the back and the official mission patch from the ISS on the front.

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Hundreds of thousands of Calgarians lined the parade route to catch a glimpse of Hadfield, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Premier Alison Redford and dozens of marching bands, floats and dance troupes.

Calgary's first responders - the men and women of the city's emergency services who were on the front lines of recent floods that left much of Calgary under water - were given a special place in the front of the parade to walk and wave to all the people they helped over the past two weeks.

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    One horsepower - Jag and I are ready to ride!

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  • @Premier_Redford gets on her horse, Butch -- she's ready to ride + this parade is about to start!

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  • The star of the show has arrived = Chris Hadfield.

  • Nenshi is ready to start the #StampedeParade

  • Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi waves to the crowds during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 5, 2013. This is the 101st edition of the Stamepde which continues until July 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

  • Members of the RCMP march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 5, 2013. This is the 101st edition of the Stamepde which continues until July 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

  • A marching band performs during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 5, 2013. This is the 101st edition of the Stamepde which continues until July 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

  • Calgary Stampede parade marshal and astronaut Chris Hadfield, centre, waves to the crowds during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 5, 2013. This is the 101st edition of the Stamepde which continues until July 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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  • Calgary Stampede parade marshal and astronaut Chris Hadfield, centre, waves to the crowds during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 5, 2013. This is the 101st edition of the Stamepde which continues until July 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

  • #awesome line dancing by the chinook country line dancing club! #stampede is here! Yeehaw!!!!

  • Something you never see in Toronto..Calgary Police on #Stampede Parade route giving kids photo ops on the motorbikes.

  • People begin to line the parade route

  • Roughly 250,000 people expected to take in #Stampede101 parade

  • Here we go Hell or High Water

  • Kinda love the teepees on the Bow. Brilliant!

  • She's a way better rider than I am! Great to see @premier_redford at the parade!

  • PM Stephen Harper awaits the beginning of the #Stampede101 parade.

  • Calgary, stand up. Your first responders' passing.

  • YAHOO!

  • Cultures colliding @nmc_canada with Mexico at pre parade prep. The party's already started

  • Cue the parade!!!

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  • @calgaryeconomic & @capp crew hosting global biz leaders today @ Greatest Show on Earth.

  • We’re in the #CSparade101.

  • Honoured to have met and play a tune for parade marshal @Cmdr_Hadfield & his beautiful wife today!

  • #dancinginthestreets halfway through the @calgarystampede parade!

  • Loving all the floats @calgarystampede #stampede101 #yyc #lovethiscity


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Date 2012 2013 2013 Total
Sneak-A-Peek 39,028 26,866 26,866
Friday, July 5 108,455 67,615 94,501
Saturday, July 6 135,252 92,270 186,771
Sunday, July 7 184,483 146,446 333,217
Monday, July 8 103,480 63,453 396,670
Tuesday, July 9 121,548 115,169 511,839
Wednesday, July 10 139,608 124,447 635,341
Thursday, July 11 103,648 142,905 738,989
Friday, July 12 152,729 127,045 866,034
Saturday, July 13 171,715 143,744 1,009,778

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