It is a tradition in Calgary to honor dignitaries and special guests with a special White Hat Ceremony. The honoree is presented with a white hat, asked to raise their right hand, and make the following pledge:
"I, (speaker inserts his or her name), havin' visited the only genuine Western city in Canada, namely Calgary, and havin' been duly treated to exceptional amounts of heart-warmin', hand-shakin', tongue-loosenin', back-slappin', neighbor-lovin' Western spirit, do solemnly promise to spread this here brand of hospitality to all folks and critters who cross my trail hereafter. On the count of three, we will all raise our hats and give a loud 'Yahoo!'"
Official white hats can be purchased from: