Calgary Stampede Showband clocks 15,000 steps in New Year’s Day Rose Parade in California – Calgary


The Calgary Stampede Showband kicked off 2019 with a bang performing in the 130th annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Cal.

Including Calgary staff and chaperones, 210 people flew down to the Golden State. Of that, 167 are band members and 16 are showriders.

“It wouldn’t be the Calgary Stampede at the Rose Parade if it wasn’t the showband and the showriders going together,” said Ryan Hancock, manager of bands with the Calgary Stampede Foundation.

“It’s one of a kind,” he said. “There’s nothing like what we were able to do today anywhere else in the world.”

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While most bands were American, there were also groups from Sweden and Costa Rica. The Calgary Stampede Showband was the only Canadian band at this year’s parade — a source of pride for Hancock as they represented the country.

“You turn Colorado Boulevard and you really get yourself in the sunlight,” he said. “After you turn the Boulevard, it’s really straight for about an hour and a half going down the street.”

In their two-hour, nonstop, about nine-kilometre march, more than 15,000 steps were clocked on Hancock’s FitBit — a workout that the group tried to mimic in Calgary rehearsals.

“It’s a ton of exercise but these kids have prepared for months to get ready — some of them, years,” Hancock said.

Some audience members camped out for nearly 24 hours to get a good spot in the stands along the route.

“[The crowd] was so amazing,” Hancock said. “They were very excited, very energetic. There were a lot of people yelling ‘Go Canada.’ There were a couple folks from home, some happy Canadians, but also a lot of very happy and supportive people from all over the world that were cheering the band on.”

“There was a lot of yelling ‘Happy New Year’ from the crowd.”

WATCH: The Calgary Stampede Showband performed Jan. 1, 2019 in the Rose Parade.

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California vote opens the door for British Columbia to stop changing clocks for Daylight Saving Time


Time could be ticking on a long-time tradition in British Columbia. Premier John Horgan says that if California goes ahead with sticking on permanent daylight saving time, B.C. could very well follow suit.

On Tuesday, a majority of California voters, nearly 60 per cent, voted in favour to leave the state in daylight saving time all year round.

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“There is a long way to go still but I can’t imagine British Columbia can’t go down that route if California chooses to,” said Horgan on Wednesday to Global News.

In order for the clocks to be fixed all year round two-thirds of the members of the California state legislature would have to vote in favour of the change. There would then have to be the support of a majority of the national congress to change the federal law.

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“A two-thirds vote isn’t easy to do, particularly in the United States, and then they would need approval of Congress,” Horgan said.

“It certainly speaks to how much people care about this issue. I have received tens of thousands of emails from British Columbians who want to stay on Daylight Saving time. I said last week that as long as our neighbours, trading partners are changing their clocks, we should too,” said Horgan.

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Horgan seemingly put the time change issue to bed last week when he told reporters the challenge with stopping the practice of changing the clocks was working with other jurisdictions along the west coast. Oregon and Washington had previously indicated a lack of interest in making a change.

Democratic Rep. Kansen Chu of San Jose said last month that he sponsored the California resolution after his dentist called him to complain about springing forward when clocks are moved up an hour every March. That switch takes away an hour’s sleep in the middle of the night as it shifts an hour of sunlight from the morning to the evening.

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Chu said he investigated the issue further and learned the original reason for implementing Daylight Saving Time — to save energy during the First World War — no longer seemed relevant.

Chu said he also came across studies showing an increased risk of car accidents and heart attacks following the spring change when people lose an hour of sleep.

“It’s a public safety measure,” Chu said. “And I don’t know anybody who really enjoys doing this adjustment of their schedule twice a year.”

–With files from the Associated Press

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