POW! PARADE OF WONDERS
Friday, April 28, 2023 at 10:30 AM
Opening Ceremonies start at 11:15 AM
Registration is now closed
Calling all fans to the POW! Parade of Wonders, Canada’s biggest cosplay parade celebrating all things pop culture and creativity in beautiful downtown Calgary.
Want to walk in the parade? Grab your favourite costume and take your spot! Not interested in dressing up? No problem! You can watch thousands of incredible cosplayers (and a few CALGARY EXPO special guests!) along the parade route and from the FAN ZONE.
The POW! Parade of Wonders is FREE! Join us for the official kick off to Calgary Expo!
THE PARADE OF WONDERS FAQ
Can I carry my props and/or prop weapons in the parade?
For your safety and to prevent your props from being damaged, please do not bring your props or prop weapons in the parade. There is no official prop or prop weapons check at the Parade, but The Calgary Police Service will be on site and we will rely on their discretion as to what is appropriate and inappropriate to include in a public parade. Any props or prop weapons that look realistic from even a few feet away may be declined, and no storage options are available.
Can my business / club / organization walk or drive in the parade?
Yes. There are limited spots available for organizations to walk in the parade as a group, but all organizations must adhere to Parade guidelines (ie: all participants must be in full cosplay, etc.) Connect with our team at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if spots are still available. Floats and vehicles will be considered on a case by case basis.
Does it cost anything to walk in the parade?
Absolutely not! We’re happy to say that thanks to our incredible sponsors and partners, the Parade is completely free for participants.
How can I register for the parade?
Pre-registration is very much encouraged and appreciated, so we can better plan the parade each year. It is vital if you’re a group, so we can place you information. You can register for the parade on this very page! Click Here
What is it like to walk in the parade?
It is fun and delightful; you meet many different characters and many of our parade attendees end up making new friends and getting new ideas for cosplay. One person even got offered a job at the parade!
You’ll walk about 10 blocks total and enjoy entertainment at the start and end of the parade.
What qualifies as “full cosplay”?
Definition of Cosplay: the art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction. With that said, keep in mind that your Batman pajamas are not cosplay, nor is your Storm Trooper baseball hat (even though they’re probably awesome!). Full cosplay is a full costume, which may or may not have masks and may or may not be built and designed by the wearer.
We also ask that you keep in mind that the POW! Parade is family-friendly, public event and will take place rain or shine.
Who can participate in the parade?
Anyone in full cosplay/costume! All ages are welcome. We ask that all participants under the age of 14 be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Calgary Expo POW! Parade of Wonders
Want to see what it's like? Thousands of people hit the streets to march through Downtown Calgary and share their fandom with the city! These are some of our favourite moments from the Calgary Expo POW! Parade.