Some friendly Mounties pose for photos with guests at the Canadian embassy's inauguration viewing party. (Amy Argetsinger/The Washington Post)

Oh, Canada! May seem odd to celebrate a U.S. inauguration on foreign soil — but if you can get in, there are few better vantage points than 5th and Pennsylvania NW.


Poutine, hot cider spiked with Crown Royal, and maple-leaf mittens -- among the goodies at the Canadian party. (Amy Argetsinger/The Washington Post)

Since 1993, the Canadian embassy has hosted inaugural viewing parties, an event so popular that, with 1,500 guests, it’s now held outside and called a “tailgate.” And it’s sooo Canadian!: Tim Horton coffee, Crown Royal cocktails, gooey piles of poutine, friendly Mounties posing for photos, maple-leaf mittens to take home. Ambassador Gary Doer and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird bantered about the balmy (to them, anyway) weather. “He’s giving me a hard time about the Senators beating the Jets!” Baird said, and the crowd laughed knowingly. Ice hockey, we surmise. Anyway, merci beaucoup.

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