What's with the white hats?


The Calgary White Hat is a white felt cowboy hat that is the symbol of both the Calgary Stampede annual rodeo and the city of Calgary.

Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede Agriculture Department showcases agriculture all year long, presenting over 20 international stock show events and presentations during the 10-day Calgary Stampede.

The Stampede Rodeo features the world’s best competitors and animals. Every afternoon at 1:30 p.m., cowboys and cowgirls face off in a furious display of skill and grit, with every win building towards Showdown Sunday—the World's Largest Outdoor Rodeo.
White Hat Ceremony

The White Hat Ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Calgary, a symbol of Western hospitality and good cheer. The white Smithbilt hat has been bestowed on numerous celebrities and dignitaries on their visits to the city since the 1950s, when Calgary's mayor, Don MacKay, started the tradition.

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