Calgary Stampede: A defiant last stand of the politically incorrect
Once a more modest agricultural show, the festival is now best known for artery-killing, deep-fried sweet and salt, daisy dukes, sex, over-drinking, a post-party spike in divorce rates, exploitation of animals for amusement and profit, absence of safety gear, and a gratuitous over-use of stereotypical cowboy-and-Indian imagery — including an eponymous Indian village that the Indians won’t rename.
Stampede is the last stand, a glorious festival in defiance of an otherwise inoffensive country drunk on political correctness.
The only question lingering is how long it can last. (Photos: Calgary Herald; Canadian Press; Getty Images)
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