Canada: Calgary Stampede kicks up its heels
There is something for just about everyone at the Calgary Stampede, as this photo gallery by Los Angeles Times photographer Al Seib shows: parades, midway rides and thrilling rodeo events. Think of it as an enormous state fair with a world-class rodeo attached. The event, which began last week and runs through Sunday, overcame historic flooding on its grounds for this 101st annual celebration of cowboy culture and Canadian life.
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The rain hasn't completely stopped in Calgary. These puddles formed during brief showers on opening weekend. For the most part, however, the weather has been warm and dry.