On Saturday July 8 the annual Ismaili Muslim Community Stampede Breakfast was held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Calgary with over 6000 people in attendance. 

It proved once again to be a popular event with guests treated to bharazi, an East African dish made with pigeon peas and coconut curry, in addition to pancakes and eggs. There were many fun activities such as a midway games area, tours of the Jamatkhana, and even line-dancing classes.

This year’s breakfast commemorated Canada’s 150th birthday and the launch of the Diamond Jubilee. Most guests wore red and white to celebrate the occasion.

Dignitaries included Federal Minister Kent Hehr, Provincial Ministers Joe Ceci, Irfan Sabir and Ricardo Miranda and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi who officially opened the breakfast.  

In his speech, Mayor Nenshi pointed out that the annual hosted breakfast is about community. One of the antidotes to hate is when communities come together, he said.

The Ismaili Muslims’ Stampede float entry was on display at the breakfast. This year’s float, “Our Canada: Land of Opportunity” included Canadian symbols including a canoe and maple leaf. The primary themes in this year’s float were pluralism and diversity.         

Hundreds of volunteers came together to host an event that attracted people of all backgrounds and ages.