The annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo starts on Thursday afternoon at Stampede Park and thousands of fans in cosplay are expected to attend this year’s event.

The four-day event caters to fans of science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation and pop culture.

Dozens of vendors and exhibitors are set up at the BMO Centre and Big Four Building and guests can also check out panels and workshops and mingle with celebrities, writers, artists and creators.

Last year, over 95,000 people attended the event, which is in its fourteenth year.

Cosplay is a big part of the expo and thousands of costume clad fans took part in the POW! Parade of Wonders in downtown Calgary on Friday morning.

The parade is the official kick off to Calgary Expo and is free but participants must be in cosplay to take part.

Over 5000 cosplayers joined the procession down Stephen Avenue Mall and more than 15,000 spectators cheered them on.

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo gets underway at Stampede Park on Thursday at 4 p.m. and runs through to Sunday.

For event and ticket information, click HERE.