A cadre of Juneau police officers were northbound Thursday to march in a Canada Day celebration in Whitehorse on Friday.
“To my knowledge, that’s the first time that’s happened,” said Susan Baxter, co-chair of Juneau’s Sister Cities Committee.
And for the second year in a row, our city sister in the Yukon is sending a handful of Royal Canadian Mounted Police — without their mounts — to march in Juneau’s Fourth of July parade.
“There is a lot of romance of course, you know, Dudley Do-Right of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They have lovely uniforms. … And they are trained to march as part of their training. So they are great marchers, which is a little unusual for the Juneau parade. And this also is a symbol of the Canadian-American relationship.”
Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis will accompany them.
Baxter said there are practical benefits from the exchange. Fostering sister-city relations with Whitehorse has led to communication between the law enforcement agencies, competitive sports opportunities, and local tuition rates at UAS and Yukon College for sister city residents.