RCMP Musical Ride Coming to Cobourg in June

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The Town of Cobourg’s Community Services Division is honoured to announce that Cobourg will welcome the world famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride on Saturday, June 22, 2024.

A symbol of tradition, honour, and pride, the Musical Ride is a Canadian icon with history dating back to 1876. The troop of up to 26 riders, who are all police officers, and their horses perform intricate formations and drills set to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing, and coordination.

The Musical Ride, a family friendly event, performs in up to 50 communities across Canada each year between the months of May and October. It travels to each province once every four years to ensure as many Canadians as possible can experience this spectacle. This year, the Musical Ride will be performing in Manitoba and Ontario, making a stop in Cobourg on June 22.

The Concert Band of Cobourg and Cobourg Legion Pipes and Drums will be performing at the preshow, starting at 3 p.m. The event’s total duration is approximately 60 minutes. Attendees are invited to visit with the horses and officers afterwards.

The show will run rain or shine. Follow @ExperienceCobourg on social media for updates.

Ticket Sales
General admission tickets for the RCMP Musical Ride are $10 + HST and a service fee and can be purchased at the Cobourg Box Office, located in Victoria Hall (55 King Street West), or online at cobourgboxoffice.ca. Children two years of age and younger are free.

Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2024

Time: 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 2:00 p.m.)

Location: Donegan Park, 25 D’Arcy Street

Parking: Parking will be limited at Donegan Park. Attendees are encouraged to park for free at Cobourg Collegiate Institute (CCI) at 335 King Street East and walk to the park. For other parking options, visit Cobourg.ca/parking.

This is an outdoor event with general admission and bleachers for seating, no pre-assigned/reserved seating. The Town of Cobourg is committed to ensuring this event can be enjoyed by all. For questions regarding accessibility, email jchapmandavis@cobourg.ca. Pets are not permitted on the grounds during events, except for service animals.

There will be food vendors available onsite for purchase.

If you’re looking for a truly Canadian experience, come see the iconic Musical Ride – it will fill you with pride!

History of the RCMP Musical Ride
From its inception in 1873, the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) relied on skilled riders to carry out police duties across the Prairies. Patrolling the vast and sparsely inhabited area, North-West Mounted Police members were frequently the only government officials new settlers would encounter and were essential to preventing prairie fires.

To break the monotony of endless riding drills, members of the Force commonly competed amongst themselves and performed tricks on horseback. In 1876, some of these tricks and exercises were performed at Fort Macleod, Alta. This is believed to be the first public performance of what would eventually evolve into the Musical Ride.

For more information and history on the RCMP Musical Ride visit RCMP.ca.

Pete Fisher
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