A pair of Mounties bracket Halifax, NS Mayor Mike Savage, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Andrea and Kyla MacEachern of Lorne, NS, who donated this year's Boston Tree as thanks for the aid Boston gave Halifax after an explosion in Halifax harbor in 1917 killed 2,000 and destroyed a large part of the city.
The city plans to light the Nova Scotia Christmas tree on the Common at 7 tonight - the same time people protesting a New York grand jury's decision not to issue an indictment in the Eric Garner case plan to rally on the Common.
Boston Police plan to block traffic on Tremont Street between Boylston and Court streets around 6:45 p.m.
Halifax may not be one of Boston's official sister cities, but once again it's asserted its status as Boston's best friend: Nova Scotia to give $50,000 to Boston Children's Hospital after bombings.
The relationship goes back to at least 1917.
A cavalcade of Nova Scotians, including red-suited Mounties, the deputy premier of the province and the percussion band Squid, will greet no doubt bemused commuters 7 to 9:30 on Thursday morning outside Park Street station, handing out "I Heart Nova Scotia" toques, um, caps and just generally thanking Bostonians for all that help we sent their way back in 1917.