The Calgary Expo’s special events are fun-filled events that require something a little extra such as registration, or special tickets, in order to attend. Some events are free with admission and others have an additional charge. Some events are during the convention and others are outside of show hours. Keep checking back to this space for updates and events that are announced leading up to the show.
Some of the special events are free and some have an additional charge.
Event listings for 2017 will be added here. Keep an eye on this space and our social media pages!
POW! Parade of Wonders!
Stephen Avenue & Olympic Plaza
Date:Apr 28, 2017 at 10:00
The POW! Parade of Wonders is proudly presented by Calgary Expo & Downtown Calgary.
The POW! Parade of Wonders is an annual cosplay parade celebrating pop culture and creativity in Calgary’s downtown, starring Expo's special guests and YOU, the fans of Calgary Expo. It’s free to participate but there is a catch: to walk in the parade you must be decked out in cosplay (costume-play). Expo goers and downtown office workers alike get involved and join in on the fun and witness this unique event. This year we're celebrating our 5th Anniversary, and POW! will be bigger and better than ever!
The 2017 POW! Parade of Wonders will take place on April 28, 2016 between 10:00 a.m and 11:45 a.m. We'll be releasing info on a new route very soon. Last year, over 2,200 cosplayers paraded through the streets of Downtown Calgary for over 10,000 spectators. You don’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind celebration!
Thank you to our partners
The City of Calgary
Want to Join in?
There are several ways to enjoy the POW! Parade of Wonders. You can register to walk (as a individual or as an organization/company) or take in the big show as a spectator! As a spectator, you'll want to line the streets of the parade route (map coming soon), or check out our bleacher section on Stephen Avenue near 1st st SW (near Winners). If you're going to walk, here is what you'll be up to:
- MEET AT STARTING POINT
Cosplayers meet at the starting point (TBA - new route coming soon). Enjoy the music and festivities as you're placed into the parade queue. You will walk with others dressed in your cosplay genre, in front of/behind cars driving Expo's special guests.
- WALK THE ROUTE
We'll depart from the starting point and walk on historic Stephen Avenue, waving to the thousands of spectators that come out to witness the parade.
- CONCLUDE WITH OPENING CEREMONIES
Approximately 11:30 a.m.: The Parade concludes at Olympic Plaza with the formal kick off to Calgary Expo at our opening ceremonies.
Limited registration will be available on site, while supplies last. Please pre-register to secure your spot, and receive instructions to take advantage of special offers for participants. If you have questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com.
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