This is one of the photos I took at the Calgary Stampede Parade on July 4, 2008.
This is the lead of Fanfarenzug-Strausberg marching band from Germany. I'm still wandering what it is the guy in the middle is holding. It looks like a baton with a bag attached. Their web site has some info on them, and time in Canada, but it seems to be all in German, as one would expect.