07/02/2014 05:35 EDT | Updated 07/07/2016 05:00 EDT

12 Calgary Stampede Parade Facts You Probably Didn't Know

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It is an iconic event that launches Calgary's most iconic 10 days.

The Calgary Stampede parade is the first main event of the annual festival and it takes 12 months of preparation — as soon as one is done and wrapped, preparations start for the next one.

The parade, which winds its way through downtown Calgary, requires 7,500 volunteer hours to pull off and is the most watched event of the entire Stampede.

Click through the gallery below read about some of the most amazing facts about the Stampede parade.

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