You may think you don't care about Stampede. But let's look at it this way- right here on my cozy little blog you'll be able to quickly learn about the biggest rodeo in the world, giving you the ability to discuss it with your friends and look like a smarty-pants. Yahoo!
See? You just learned something: the battle-cry of Stampede. It's not "yee-ha" or "whoop-de-do." If you toss your cowboy hat in the air and yell one of these phrases, NOBODY will slap you on the back and buy you a beer. Quite the opposite. People will avoid you, assuming you're a terrorist trying to blend in. Or worse- an American.
"Ya-hoo!!" is the only accepted Stampede call. It is so beloved that your boss will merely smile and give you the afternoon off if you yell it during a meeting and the judge will order a keg for the proceedings if you yell it in court. But ONLY during Stampede week. Oddly enough, you go back to being ostracized if you yell "Yahoo!" at any other time during the year.
So, it all starts with a parade early on a Friday morning. Frankly, I find parades boring but we were invited to a party where we were provided with bleacher seats...
Even this guy:
Even...oops...yeah, we cheered for the fuzz:
Let's move on. What you WEAR for Stampede is just as important as what you yell. Obviously, the cowboy hat is de rigueur. (But please- never say "de rigueur" out loud. It's annoying.) Back to the obligatory lid:
Then pair cowboy boots with anything at all and you're good to go-
Stampede is many things: a rodeo, a fair and a chance to see world class shows.
The whole town gets into Stampede spirit: