An Inauguration event at the Embassy of Canada in Washington

Ambassador David MacNaughton enjoying the festivities with Leslie Noble, spouse of the Ambassador, and Minister Freeland. [Photo by Sharon Natoli]

To mark the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, the Embassy of Canada in Washington hosted a tailgate and brunch for roughly 1800 guests. Guests had a view of the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol and the parade along Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Embassy’s Inauguration event has been a mainstay of Washington, DC since President Clinton’s election in 1992.This year, while all eyes were on the Capitol, the Embassy event marked the launch of Canada 150 celebrations in Washington, DC. The décor prominently featured the Canada 150 logo and guests were reminded that for 150 years, Canada and the United States have been friends, neighbours, partners, and allies; and this close relationship will continue into the future.

As a sign of the importance of the bilateral relationship, top officials in the U.S. and Canadian government attended the event. Notable guests included Ministers of National Defence Harjit Singh Sajjan, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Minister of Natural Resources James Carr. Advisors to the new Administration, members of Congress, leading U.S. media figures and American business leaders and, of course, members of the Canadian Royal Canadian Mounted Police force in the Red Serge attended. The event was live-broadcast by media from around the world.

Yet, no event is complete without delicious Canadian cuisine! Guests munched on BeaverTails, poutine with Canadian cheese curds, Canadian beef, tourtière burgers, chicken sandwiches, vegan burgers, Atlantic Canadian seafood chowder, and chili and veggie minestrone.

The event was an opportunity to highlight the shared values of Canadians and Americans. As the Prime Minister said in his welcome message to the new Congress, “There is no relationship in the entire world quite like the Canada-US relationship.  Our great countries have been friends for a long time. We grew up together and have overcome many shared challenges over the course of our history.”

The Embassy launched Canada 150 celebrations in Washington, DC during the event. [Photo by Sharon Natoli]

The Inauguration parade from the Embassy. [Photo by Sharon Natoli]

The Embassy of Canada in Washington. [Photo by Paula Morrison]