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“The Red Serge is the formal and ceremonial uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It consists of a scarlet military dress-style coat, replete with a low-neck collar, brass buttons, and golden braided ornamentation with a white cotton T-shirt underneath. The riding breeches are “midnight blue” with exaggerated bulges at the hips and a yellow strapping down the outside seam of each leg. The breeches are always worn with braces. Finishing off the Red Serge are brown leather riding boots, known as High Browns, a chocolate brown wide-brimmed Stetson with a glass-flat brim, and the ever-present side-arm in a brown leather holster on a brown Sam Browne belt. A white pistol lanyard is worn around the neck and connected to the side arm.
The Red Serge is not worn when an officer is on duty during a normal shift, but reserved for occasions such as civic ceremonies, as a visual representative of the security force for government dignitaries, and during public relations-related special events such as school career days.”
A couple of interesting asides, the RCMP is one of the few forces in the world that allows their uniform to blend in local dress, Indigenious members can wear braids or Sikes wear their turbins. Despite a brief relationship with Disney, this outift has become an internationally known and recognized Canadian symbol.