Edmonton gets more fireworks Friday thanks to Calgary Stampede plan


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Calgary is sharing some of its scaled-back Stampede celebrations as simultaneous fireworks are set to launch in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge this Friday night.

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The 11 p.m. pyrotechnics will be synchronized to the same musical soundtrack above Stampede Park and at Edmonton’s Exhibition Grounds, with free parking at the Expo Centre.

“This is our way of lighting up the Alberta skies and providing the opportunity to celebrate together,” says Steve McDonough, president and chairman of the Stampede Board.

As COVID-19 cases fell and vaccinations rose this year, a scaled-back version of the yearly cowboy blowout in Cowtown has been given the green light.

Edmonton’s K-Days has been cancelled for a second straight year, but those behind the event say they’re happy to share in the nighttime pyrotechnics while learning from the Stampede’s foray into conducting large events in a time of the pandemic.

“At this stage, we have to think about how we get major events up and running again. The Calgary Stampede is leading the way and, one by one, other events will follow,” said Maggie Davidson, interim CEO of Explore Edmonton which has recently taken the reins of K-Days.

The Fireworks Spectacular presented by Bell will be broadcast on CTV Calgary, CTV2 and CTVNews.ca