"Yellowstone" star Kevin Costner has been selected as the parade marshal of the 2022 Calgary Stampede. • Photo courtesy of Calgary Stampede

Yellowstone Star is Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal

Legendary actor Kevin Costner will lead this year’s Calgary Stampede Parade. The actor, who currently stars in “Yellowstone,” will serve as parade marshal during the July 8 event.

For more than 35 years, Costner has been entertaining the world through his movies, television shows and music.

He has starred in popular films such as:

  • “Silverado” 
  • “No Way Out” 
  • “The Untouchables”
  • “Bull Durham”
  • “Field of Dreams”
  • “Dances with Wolves”
  • “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”
  • “The Bodyguard”
  • “Wyatt Earp”
  • “Tin Cup”
  • “Open Range”
  • “Draft Day”
  • “McFarland, USA”
  • “Hidden Figures”
  • “The Highwaymen”
  • “Let Him Go”


Since 2018 he has portrayed John Dutton, the patriarch of the Dutton family, on the award-winning television show “Yellowstone” on Paramount Network. A modern-day Western, the show is filmed in the rolling hills and Rocky Mountains of Darby, Montana, which is reflected in Costner’s love of Western heritage and culture. The show, which was co-created by reining enthusiast Taylor Sheridan, also has featured appearances from some of the top Western performance horse trainers and equines in the business.

Kevin Costner & Alberta

Officials say Costner is no stranger to the Calgary Stampede or the city of Calgary and province of Alberta, having attended The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and filmed Open Range and Let Him Go outside of the city. A long-time fan of the spectacular scenery in southern Alberta, and a supporter of the Calgary Stampede, Costner has a personal connection to Calgary and Alberta.

“I just wanted to tell you how nice it was to be selected as Parade Marshal,” Costner said in a statement released by the Stampede. “You don’t see those kind of things coming. I have a lot of fond memories of being in Calgary. It has made a big difference to me in my life to make Open Range and Let Him Go there. It’s one of the most beautiful spots and the world focuses on Calgary and the Parade, which started a long time ago in celebration of western heritage. On July 8, I’ll be there and I’m really honoured to be a part of what you have done for so long and carry on a tradition. See you at the Parade.”

Another member of the Western performance horse industry, actor and reiner William Shatner, served as the Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal in 2014.

Honorary Parade Marshal

The 2022 Stampede Parade will also welcome John Scott as honorary Parade Marshal. A third-generation rancher, Scott is an instrumental member of the community and has been at the heart of the local film industry for over 50 years, showcasing southern Alberta on the big and small screens. His company, John Scott Productions, has been part of seven Oscar-winning films, while Scott is also an all-around industry champion, horse wrangler, stunt coordinator, and horse and livestock supplier. Scott’s lifelong work was recognized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum with the legendary Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award during the 60th Annual Western Heritage Awards in September of 2021. He was also presented with the prestigious Gene Autry Award for the preservation of Western heritage during an awards ceremony at the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.