Parlez-vous Yahoo? The Calgary Stampede celebrates Québec 400

    CALGARY, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - An enthusiastic contingent of nearly 100 cowboys
and cowgirls from the Calgary Stampede will travel to Mr. Christie's Québec
Winter Carnival in Québec City in February to help celebrate the 400th
birthday of Canada's oldest municipality, Québec City.
    It's the 42nd consecutive year a group of Calgary volunteers will make
the trek to Carnival, the world's most popular winter carnival. This year, in
celebration of Québec City's birthday bash, the Stampede's plans are bigger
than ever - with more public events, more entertainment and more fun.
    "What unites these two great festivals is what unites our country - the
pride we have in the special character and culture of our diverse
communities," says George Brookman, Calgary Stampede president and chairman of
the board. "Just as the annual Stampede is a celebration of the unique western
character of Calgary, Carnival celebrates Québec City's special cultural
    One of the most exciting events will be a special free Stampede barbecue
at CFB Valcartier on Feb. 8. "We want to honor and thank the families of the
men and women in Canada's military for their contribution to our freedom and
their dedication to Canada," says Brookman.
    The next day, Feb. 9, Calgary will host one of its famous flapjack
breakfasts in the heart of Old Québec City for the citizens and the visitors
to Carnival. That evening the Calgary Stampede will also host a huge free
Stampede barbecue and dance.
    "We want to throw a birthday bash to remember at Carnival," says
Brookman. "We will also be celebrating Québec City's birthday in July at the
2008 Calgary Stampede with a variety of special features."
    "We have participated in each others' events for nearly half a century,"
says Brookman. "Whether a fun-filled winter carnival, a western summer
festival - or any one of the hundreds of cultural celebrations held
coast-to-coast-to-coast every year - our diversity is what makes Canada unique
in the world and strong as a nation."

    The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community
organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The
Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta
through its world-renowned 10-day Calgary Stampede, year-round facilities,
products and services, and agricultural programs that foster understanding of
the agricultural industry. All revenue generated is reinvested into Calgary
Stampede programs and facilities.

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