Last year, organizers experimented with a Tuesday evening parade to kick off the Queen City Ex. I guess things went well, so they’re doing it again. The parade will start July 29 at 7 p.m. at Dewdney Ave. and Cameron St., and proceed east on Dewdney to Broad St., where it will turn south and move along Broad to Broadway Ave., finishing at the Tartan Curling Club. Then once the parade’s over there will be a fireworks display in Wascana Park.

The QCX itself gets going on Wednesday July 30. Feature attractions this year include Alex the Lion (Madacasgar 3), Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, Saskatchewan Express, Samantha Halas (contortionist), Splash ‘n’ Boots, Tim Holland (puppet tamer), Josh Casey (comedic juggler) and the midway.

As far as the Grandstand goes, Wednesday it’s the country band Lonestar with Blackjack Billy; Thursday it’s the Canuck pop/punk band Marianas Trench with Dear Rouge; Friday it’s ex-Poison front man Bret Michaels Band  with Bleeker Ridge; Saturday it’s Canuck rockers Monster Truck with Danko Jones; and Sunday it’s the Canuck rock/rap band Down With Webster with Amy Hef.

The shows should get going at 7 p.m., and are free with gate admission. Find out more about the QCX here. And to get everyone pumped here’s video from 2013 of Monster Truck performing two tunes (“Sweet Mountain River” and “Old Train”):