Our Hearts Long for Scotland

 

 

Scotland! What images come to mind when you hear that word? For me its a plethora of words and lovely images flashing before my eyes – looming lochs, crumbling castles, my husbands’s beloved relatives, ancient geology (that love came from my daddy, a world renown geologist who taught me about Lewisian Gneiss, Garnet mica schist, Granite, and Limestone), magnificent monros, a host of delightful Scottish dialects, wooly coos, wild deer, birds (such as gannets,  guillemots, and puffins), isles galore, gregarious individuals, black pudding from Stornaway, stunning architecture, flowing firths, ancient crofts, highland bagpipes, standing stones, whiskey distilleries, beer breweries, deep-rooted traditions, history rifed with turmoil, and of course kilted men!!

New York City Tartan Week gives us a taste of this magical, magnificent, proud country  –  Scotland! For one week we are engaged in the sharing of Scottish-American cultures. Thanks to the U.S. Senate, in 1998, they declared April 6, to be National Tartan Day – a day which recognized the Scottish-American contributions to the United States. Just one year later,  in 1999, a  parade was born – albeit only two pipe bands and a riotous group of Scottish-Americans marching from the British Consulate to the UN!

Today, we have New York City Tartan Week, consisting of events –  including pipes and drums bands, musicians, and dancers performing through the city pubs and clubs, plays , ceilidhs, and the reading of  Declaration of the Arbroath 6 April 1320 in Bryant Park. Tommy Flanagan was this years Grand Marshal. On Saturday, thousands attended the 19th Annual New York City Tartan Day Parade to be regaled by hundreds of marchers (human and canine),  pipers (from America, Canada, and Scotland), and proud Scottish clans. The boisterous after-parties, held throughout New York City, enabled Americans and international travelers an opportunity to celebrate the traditions of this grand country loved by so many – Scotland!

Hugh gratitude, for countless hours of dedication and work over the course of a year, to the following:

National Tartan Day New York Committee, The American-Scottish Foundation, St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, New York Caledonian Club, and Clan Campbell.

Thanks to Kyle DawsonPresident of the National Tartan Day New York Committee, I had the opportunity to capture these views perched atop one of the NYC Tartan Day Parade buses with commentator, Bob Creighton.

 

 

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The 19th Annual New York City Tartan Day Parade commences –  we take pride in our NYC Police Department Mounted Unit

 

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United States Corps of Cadets  West Point N.Y.

 

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Grand Marshal of the parade – Tommy Flanagan and family  Kyle Dawson, President of the National Tartan Day New York Committee

 

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Sun brightly shining this glorious day  – Tommy Flanagan

 

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Kyle Dawson –  President of the National Tartan Day New York Committee

 

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The National Tartan Day New York Committee

 

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Edinburgh Academy Pipe and Drum Band

 

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Craig Weir, from Carnoustie, and his Celtic rock band –  Gleadhraich    Craig has had the honor of  playing for the Queen of England.

 

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Barbour  – Platinum Sponsor

 

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Helen Barbour – little too sunny for me to capture her Siobhan Mackenzie’s innovative red wool and tartan specially designed kilt.

 

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V marks the spot!!  Helen Barbour’s red wool and tartan kilt. Only shot I managed to get where the sun didn’t wash out this gorgeous kilt by Siobhan Mackenzie/Scotland  – a talented young entrepreneur!!

 

 

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Proud Barbour Westie marcher

 

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The Scottish Government and the Pipes and Drums of the U. S. Naval Academy

 

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Pipes and Drums of the U. S. Naval Academy

 

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The Scottish National Party  – Westminster Parliamentary Group

 

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The Scottish Parliament Visit Scotland
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Mt. Kisco Scottish Pipes and Drums

 

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St. Andrews Society of New York

 

 

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New York Caledonian Club

 

 

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New York Caledonian Pipe Band

 

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New York Metro Pipe Band

 

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New York Metro Pipe Band

 

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The American-Scottish Foundation

 

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Camilla Hellman MBE – President of the American-Scottish Foundation

 

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Bucks County Scottish American Society

 

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Bucks County Scottish American Society

 

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Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Pipe Band

 

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Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Pipe Band

 

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Daughters of Scotia

 

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Show stealer – Daughters of Scotia

 

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Flings & Things – from Scotland

 

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Flings  & Things – four uber talented Highland dancers!!

 

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Shot of Scotch dancers

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Carnegie – sponsor of the New York City Tartan Day Parade

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Oban High School Pipes and Drums –  Oban Scotland on Firth of Florn

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve  – Sponsor of Tartan Day

 

 

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Alexander Robertson School –  Little Fire, musician and guitarist from Aryshire Scotlland marched with this group
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Jamie McGeechan and Kerry Haggerty – Jamie is a musician from Aryshire Scotland who visited NYC last year for Tartan Week. He is one of the Ambassadors for Scotland World Peace Tartan designed by Victor Spence.
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Belhaven Brewery – Scotland one of the sponsors of the New York City Tartan Day Parade
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Lathallan Pipe Band  Johnshaven Scotland
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Nessie and friends  – happened to have a marcher that became a new friend to me

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The Kilted Yogi’s marched with Scot Street Style, 21st Century Kilts (Howie Nicholsby, kilt-maker extraordinaire) and Wardie Primary School Edinburgh
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The Kilted Yogi’s are being photographed from behind from fellow marcher Scot Street Style

 

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I was excited to see Kieron (Piping Hot Doc) from Wight Hot Pipes guest piping with Tir na nog – Wight Hot Pipe’s costumes were phenomenal!

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I agree with Howie Nicholsby of 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh – all male body types can “rock a kilt” Kieron was perfection from “head to toe”

 

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Clan Grant – diminutive in size, but huge spirited!!
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St. Columbia’s Pipes and Drums Kilmacolm Scotland

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Clan Leask

 

 

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cutest wooly coo I ever did see! Clan Leask – Aberdeen Scotland

 

 

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Outlanders United  – still going strong even without Sam Heughan here this year!

 

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University of Glasgow Alumni Club

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Proud saltire accoutrement

 

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Blended Scots

 

 

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Dapper bunch sporting riotous color – Blended Scots

 

 

Sea of joviality  – everyone was happy to “ham it up” for me!!

 

 

 

 

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Having captured the last of the marchers, I raced from my vantage point atop the bus on W. 51st to W. 55th to finally achieve a dream of mine – to actually be on the streets of NYC shooting the New York City Tartan Day Parade – as soon as it is over, I wait with bated breath for next year’s parade – which by the way will be the 20th year of celebrating American-Scottish contributions to the United States!!  I love Scotland!

 

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Special thanks to my supportive friend and mentor, Kathleen Hodge for tolerating all my shenanigans and hyper personality. We had a blast with Howie at Connelly’s entertained by   Wight Hot Pipes and Scottish Octopus

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Here’s to new friends!! The “piece de resistance” of my photo op day – @kiltedyogis soon forgot me, but I will remember what an epic day the 19th Annual New York City Tartan Day Parade was – I was definitely in a simultaneous Scotland & New York State of Mind!

 

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