Luckily for you, and even luckier for the Moms, the Musical Ride was going its yearly Ottawa-home-base series of performances! This is one of the buildings at the RCMP stables in Ottawa.
There were loads of families and kids.
But the Moms enjoyed all of it too. Especially the song, "I'm Lucky to Live in Canada!" - which they decided was the Canadian version of "Proud to be an American! (where at least I know I'm free...)". Either way, we were all lucky to be at the Musical Ride.
Today at the ThinkTank I asked Supervisor Greg is he was familiar with "I'm Lucky to Live in Canada" and he was not. He was also highly amused and somewhat disturbed when I recited the lines of "I'm Proud to be an American".
The US Army Golden Knights exhibition parachuting team was making a special visit to Canada and jumped out of an airplane as part of the beginning festivities of the Musical Ride.
Then, because the Canadians are friendly and nice and the Golden Knights were visiting, we listened to the "Star-Spangled Banner":
You can see how excited Mum was about the bagpipers. (Her university had pipers. One of her neighbors was a piper. He would go out drinking, then decide to play a few little tunes for all of his neighbors. Marching into their apartments and piping. Needless to say, Mum is not a fan of bagpipes up close and personal.)
Some of the newer equestrian Mounties carried this small structure out onto the field. The a bad guy raced into the arena, grabbed a 'spectator' from the crowd and held him hostage in the little structure! (Soundtrack - "Bad Boys").
And then the special agent Mounties swoop in to catch the bad guys and save the hostage! They even threw a small explosive device toward the structure in which the bad guy was hiding. It was very exciting. Some of them went inside to tangle with the bad guy: the structure shook on its foundation at this point! (Soundtrack - "Shaft").
I've been practicing the appropriate use of the term "eh" at work. It makes everyone in the paper lab laugh.
Since the festivities were more formally titled something like, "The RCMP's Musical Ride Sunset Ceremony," the flag was formally lowered and folded while everyone stood at attention. Alas, there was no wind, so the flag doesn't look very impressive in this picture.
Horses included. Afterwards the horses came along the sidelines to hang out for their cooling down time. People were welcome to go up and meet the horses, pat their noses, and to talk with their corresponding Mountie. We met a very nice horse named Vimy. Vimy's Mountie was friendly too, but we didn't catch her name.
Not my video, but I really hope it works this time.