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Stampede is on in the city of Calgary.  In spite of massive flooding that covered most of the Stampede grounds, the City and the Stampede Association decided to go forward with Calgary's iconic Stampede.  Their motto this year, since the flood has been, "Come Hell or High Water."

Bravely, Mayor Nenshi and the members of the Stampede Association - none of whom, I would guess, have been displaced by the flood - have drafted just about all of the construction and recovery resources in the area to go forward with this prestigious event.  Sure, that leaves plenty of people without the means to rebuild and return to their homes.

But it's "Good for the City".

Ok.  When the restauranteurs, hoteliers, bar owners, and prostitutes turn over all their revenue to assist flood victims, I'll believe that.

Anyway.

Stampede is to Calgary what Mardi Gras is to New Orleans.  Nice parallel there too, hey?  Flood city, flood city...

People come from all over the world. It's a week long party.  It doesn't just take place on the Stampede grounds, it's city wide and in the surrounding communities.  There are free breakfasts, BBQ's, and events ongoing.  If you have transportation and don't have to work, you can eat and drink all week without paying a cent.  Public parks and parking lots are turned into beer gardens with bands.  People sell parking on their front lawns.  Idiots who have never seen a horse outside of a picture are wearing hats, snakeskin boots, and shirts with pearl snap buttons.  Women wear wildly improbable outfits that feature denim skirts, Daisy Duke shirts, no panties and cheap straw cowboy hats.

And they are all drunk.

Days gone by, I'd schedule my vacation for this time block, stay out of the city entirely.  But I don't have the seniority for that with the new job.  And because I don't party, go out and get fluffed up, I get called in all the time right now.

I don't like being around a huge number of drunks when I am carrying a gun and a lot of cash.  Especially a large number of drunk "cowboys".

I hate Stampede.  It's stressful and irritating.

Anyone else work in similar circumstances?  What are your thoughts? How do you cope and make it a happy time?
"Nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave."
The Road - Cormac McCarthy

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    I'm usually one of the drunks.
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      Hey now....quit making fun of the drunk wannabe cowboys.   

    Lol, seriously:  Not to THAT extent but it's hilarious to go to some of the bigger fairs here in MT.  Us "redneck hicks" enjoy the hell out of going and watching wannabe cowboys.

      Guess we dont got nothing that big around here, stuff starts getting out of hand usually about a quarter of the crowds will help the deputies put a damper on things.

     
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    The week around Independence Day my city has the Frontier Days Rodeo and a host of related events (parade, street dances, boot races, etc). Under normal circumstances this means a hell of a lot of drunk cowboys.

    This year we had the loss of 19 firefighters just before it all kicked off. That added a massive wake with several thousand emergency responders from all over the country (and world) paying their respects to the whole event, plus a bunch of VIPs visiting and news crews. And then there were two small towns worth of fire evacuees here too.

    It's been more than a bit crazy around here, but it's really been amazing to see the way the community has pulled together for it all too.

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    I'm usually one of the drunks.

    Yeah, but I know it's you.

    You only get two kicks to the head on your way to the wagon.
    "Nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave."
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    This pretty much describes almost every holiday and most weekends for cops. ;)

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    I hate the Wichita River Festival.   Always causes a bunch of traffic by my office downtown.   
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