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 Flanaganwas this years Grand Marshal. On Saturday, thousands attended the 19th AnnualNew 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 Dawson, President 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.
Carnegie – sponsor of the New York City Tartan Day Parade
Oban High School Pipes and Drums – Oban Scotland on Firth of Florn
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!
University of Dundee
Proud Alumni of University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow Alumni Club
Sea of joviality – everyone was happy to “ham it up” for me!!
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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