First it was Saint Patrick’s, now it’s National Tartan Day. On the 14th of April 2012, New York will celebrate Scottish heritage in the Big Apple with the 14th edition of the National Tartan Day Parade.
It commemorates the Declaration of Arbouth signed in 1320. This Scottish Declaration of Independence has a special significance for Americans as it was inspiration behind America’s own declaration. In addition, it is estimated that more than 6 million Americans claim they have a Scottish descent. The 6th of April was thus declared National Tartan Day in recognition of the Scottish Americans’ contribution to the United States.
Visitors and locals alike can see numerous members of Scottish clans and organisations in the city celebrating their Scottish roots and heritage. Pipers and drummers from over 26 countries will proudly gather on 6th Avenue at 2pm on the 14th of April 2012 and parade through the streets of New York to Highland classics such as Scotland the Brave, Green Hills of Tyrol, Cock of the North, Farewell to the Creeks and Battle’s O’er Lochanside.
Such are the celebrations that in past editions of the event over 10,000 pipers and drummers have taken part, thus forming, as can be expected of New York, the largest pipe band in the world. One year, Sir Sean Connery himself led the parade alongside the New York City Mayor. In addition, William Wallace’s sword, one of Scotland’s national treasures, which hasn’t left the country for an impressive 700 years, was flown to New York for the National Tartan Day celebrations.
Prior to the march, they will celebrate NY Tartan Week and with it a whole host of events including the 10km Scotland Run, the “Life and Legacy of Andrew Carnegie” panel discussion in the Museum of American Finance, the VIP pre-show event, Butter, Whisky Live New York and Scottish theatre, amongst many other offerings.
Finally, festival-goers will be able to take part in the annual Tartan Day Post-Parade party at Stout’s. Regardless of whether or not you have Scottish roots, we definitely recommend that you don’t miss out on the New York National Tartan Day Parade and celebrations!