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Cowboys Stampede tent now home to free roller skate parties

Once the site of the Cowboys Music Festival - a giant tent in downtown Calgary is now being used for roller skating parties. Global News

Once the home to the Cowboys Music Festival, a parking lot in Victoria Park is now host to free roller skating parties for the month of August.

The parties are held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Wednesday at the so-called Big, Big Tent — which is located at 314 12 Avenue S.E.

The parking lot the tent is located on is newly paved and smooth to skate on.

Hosted by Calgary Roller Skate and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), the weekly gatherings have live DJ performances and food trucks.

Admission to the family-friendly parties is free. Bring your own skates — or skate rentals (both Inline and quad) are available for $10 to $15.

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Protective gear is encouraged but not mandatory.

Theresa Tucci from Calgary Roller Skate said CMLC reached out to their organization to see if they’d like to throw some skating parties at the tent.

She told Global News it’s a great way to promote roller skating in Calgary.

“When Lloyds [roller rink] closed everybody thought it was over,” Tucci said. “It’s a great thing for the community at large … Even after this is over, skating is around.”

The first of the four public roller skating parties was held on Wednesday, with about 100 people attending.

Should you miss the skate parties in Victoria Park this month, Calgary Roller Skate hosts monthly skate parties at the Junior Varsity Volleyball Training Centre in southeast Calgary starting in September.

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Thanks to everyone who came!!! 😀❤ Summer Outdoor Roller Skate Party at the BIG BIG TENT every Wednesday in August. 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This is a free event (no cover)! Quad and inline skate rentals. $10 quad or inline skates // $15 for premium Seba and Roller Blade provided by our good friends @alieninlineskating IMPORTANT NOTE: this is asphalt and not a traditional rink surface. It's not mandatory but are encouraging protective gear. There is a covered tent so we can skate rain or shine!! The tent isn't just big but BIG BIG!!! :D Dj Creole @reycreole and DJ Ms. Clarity @mc.odono from Roll Out Skate Festival will be playing the tunes for us. Location is where the Cowboy's tent was for Stampede (321 11 Avenue SE). Hope to see you there! 😀 #BigBigTent #yyctoday #yynews #calgqrynews #calgaryrollerskate #yycrollerskate #yycrollerskater #yycrollerdance #yycrollerdancer #yycevents #yyckids #yycfun #thingstodoyyc #thingstodoinyyc #datenightyyc #yycwednesday #yycadults #yyccouples #yyc #calgary #calgaryevents #yycwknd #yycwednesdays #yycweekend #yychiphop #yycdance #yycfitness #yycdowntown #yycevents #calgaryevents #bigbigtent #yycfamily

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