Shatner To Serve As Grand Marshal

Shatner To Serve As Grand Marshal

William Shatner will serve as grand marshal of the Calgary Stampede Parade, kicking off the Calgary Stampede, which will run from July 4 to 13. Shatner, Star Trek legend, proud Canadian and an avid horseman, will be joined by Calgary-based speed skaters Gilmore Junio and Denny Morrison as honorary marshals.

The Calgary Stampede is a not-for-profit community organization that, according to its mission statement, preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The Stampede contributes to the quality of life by promoting volunteerism, presenting a year-round slate of events, investing in youth and agricultural programs, and developing a unique western experience for the world to enjoy.

"Shatner’s Hollywood credentials are just part of the reason we thought he would be a great choice as our 2014 Parade Marshal,” Bob Thompson, president and chairman of the board, Calgary Stampede, said in a statement. “He has an unparalleled passion for horses, which we thought would be a great fit for us. I can’t wait to kick off the Calgary Stampede with him in the year of the horse.”

“I am looking forward to leading the Calgary Stampede Parade,” Shatner said in a separate statement. “I’ve been to Calgary before, but I have never been to the Calgary Stampede – leading the Parade will be quite a way to experience my first time.”


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