Calgary Stampede Sneak-a-Peek: what’s new for 2016

Tourism Calgary flips the first pancakes of Calgary Stampede
Tourism Calgary threw a stampede breakfast on Stephen Ave. Thursday morning. Doug Vaessen was there along with some prime pancake flippers Gord Gillies and Paul Haysom.

The Calgary Stampede may not officially begin until Friday, but eager cowpoke are able to get a taste of the action on Thursday when the grounds open for Sneak-a-Peek.

The park will be open from 5 p.m. until midnight. Regular midway prices are in effect, and indoor attractions and commercial exhibits close at 11 p.m.

Stampede Parade marks official kickoff of festivities

The 2016 Calgary Stampede formally launches on July 8 with the annual Stampede Parade, which begins at 9 a.m.

This year, singers Paul Brandt and Jann Arden will serve as parade marshals while Jon Cornish was given the honour of being a celebrity judge.

You’ll be able to watch the parade live on starting at 9 a.m.

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WATCH: Leslie Horton caught up with the 2016 Calgary Stampede Parade marshals, Paul Brandt and Jann Arden, just after the formal announcement

2016 Calgary Stampede Parade marshals
2016 Calgary Stampede Parade marshals

New treats at the Calgary Stampede Midway for 2016

If you enjoy peanut butter, you’re going to want to head to the Stampede midway to test out a PB Dumbbell from The Peanut Butter Cupboard. The deep-fried peanut butter balls are among dozens of new treats available for 2016, including mac and cheese-stuffed burgers, sticky toffee bug balls and poutine corn dogs.

WATCH: Food writer Dan Clapson joins Global Calgary with a sneak peak at some of the new midway food at the Calgary Stampede for 2016

New midway food at the 2016 Calgary Stampede
New midway food at the 2016 Calgary Stampede

Stampede 2016 concerts: from Aaron Pritchett to the Zac Brown Band 

A number of big-name artists are performing in Calgary during the ten days of Stampede – and they’re not all country artists!

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Blink 182, Ice Cube, Flo Rida and House of Pain are among those taking the stage at Cowboys, while Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum will play at the Saddledome.

READ MORE: Calgary Stampede 2016 complete concert listing

WATCH: Online Reporter Melissa Gilligan joins Global Calgary with details on some of the hottest tickets in town during the 2016 Calgary Stampede

Must-see Calgary Stampede concerts for 2016
Must-see Calgary Stampede concerts for 2016

The 2016 Calgary Stampede runs from July 8 to 17.

The park opens at 11 a.m., except July 10 and 13 when it opens at 9 a.m. Rides and games open at 11 a.m. daily.