Mounties, Ottawa, Ontario
Digital Photo by Richard McGuire
At the July 1 Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill, Mounties are ready to perform the Musical Ride. This spectacle dates back to 1873. Today it is performed by actual police officers and involves skilled horse riding and precise timing. It culminates in a grand "charge" with lances lowered and horses galloping.
The Mounties, officially known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), are Canada's federal police force, and they also fill the role of provincial police in most provinces and territories except Ontario and Québec. The red serge tunics and Stetson-style hats are worn for ceremonial occasions. If you're pulled over for speeding, the officer will likely be riding a police cruiser and wearing a more conventional police uniform.
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