6th Annual POW! Parade of Wonders
Co-presented with Downtown Calgary
The POW! Parade of Wonders is a cosplay parade celebrating pop culture and creativity in Calgary’s downtown, and the official kick off the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo! It’s free to participate, but there is a catch… to walk in the parade you MUST be decked out in cosplay. Expo goers and downtown office workers alike get involved and join in on the fun and witness this unique event.
2018 POW! Parade of Wonders
The 2018 POW! Parade of Wonders will take place on April 27, 2018 on Stephen Avenue, from 8th Street to Olympic Plaza, starting at 10:30 a.m. Over 2,000 cosplayers are expected to take part alongside Calgary Expo special guests for over 15,000 spectators. Pre-registration is encouraged, and is available now!
Want to participate in the Parade?
- Register here so we know you’re coming and what cosplay you’ll be in. You’ll also receive up-to-the-minute notifications as we get closer to the big day, and receive special offers from our partners.
- The parade will depart from 8th St and 8th Avenue at 10:30 a.m. on April 27, 2018. Please arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 p.m. to be placed into the parade queue. You’ll walk with your fellow cosplay fans organized by genre.
- We’ll parade down beautiful Stephen Avenue quickly at first, and then more slowly as we enter the fan spectator zone (mid-route) and then walk directly to our Opening Ceremony at Olympic Plaza, at 11:15 a.m.
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POW! Parade of Wonders FAQ
For your safety and to prevent your props from being damaged, please do not bring your props or prop weapons in the parade. There is no official prop or prop weapons check at the Parade, but The Calgary Police Service will be on site and we will rely on their discretion as to what is appropriate and inappropriate to include a public parade. Any props or prop weapons that look realistic from even a few feet away may be declined, and no storage options are available.
Yes. There are limited spots available for organizations to walk in the parade as a group, but all organizations must adhere to Parade guidelines (ie: all participants must be in full cosplay, etc.) Connect with our team at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if spots are still available. Unfortunately, no floats, animals or vehicles are permitted in the parade at this time.
Absolutely not! We’re happy to say that thanks to our incredible sponsors and partners, the Parade is completely free for participants.
Online registration will open in January. Stay tuned for links!
Registered participants will receive information via email for a discounted lot courtesy of our friends at Impark.
It is fun and delightful; you meet many different characters and many of our parade attendees end up making new friends and getting new ideas for cosplay. One person even got offered a job at the parade!
You’ll walk about 10 blocks total and enjoy entertainment at the start and end of the parade.
Definition of Cosplay: the art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction. With that said, keep in mind that your batman pajamas are not cosplay, nor is your storm trooper baseball hat (even though they’re probably awesome!). Full cosplay is a full costume, which may or may not have masks and may or may not be built and designed by the wearer.
We also ask that you keep in mind that the POW! Parade is family-friendly, public event and will take place rain or shine.
Anyone in full cosplay/costume! All ages are welcome.