Look at all the pretty horses. Voice writer b.e. hydomako takes a hard look at the parallels between the Stampede and the Roman Empire’s practice of “bread and circuses.” “These two things—food and violence—work together to create a powerful persuasive force which quells the opportunities to look at the atrocities of the rulers.” The Empire Never Ended: A Day at the Rodeo, July 24, 2002.
And now, a word from our sponsor. Former AUSU council President Debbie Jabbour celebrates Edmonton’s many festivals, while deploring the new sponsor-saturation of Heritage Days. “The need to raise money also resulted in anomalies such as Second Cup being invited to participate as a sponsor and having the largest, most central tent – the most common comment I heard from people was that they didn’t know Second Cup was a country!” From My Perspective–Festivals and Commercialization in Edmonton, August 13, 2003.