Dust Off Your School-Girl Kilty Skirt And Head To New York's Tartan Day Scots Celebration

March 30, 2010 | By | Reply More
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As the sound of fiddles and flutes fade away from St. Patrick’s Day, another group of Celts are tuning up their pipes for a grand Tartan Day celebration. Beginning on April 2nd, New Yorkers and visitors will gather on Ellis Island to kick off the 9th Annual Tartan Week celebration in recognition of Scottish heritage in the United States.

Scottish festivities unfold from Friday April 2nd through Sunday April 10th as Tartan Day on Ellis Island kicks off the celebration with performances by pipers, drummers, singers and dance companies.  All Tartan Day events on Ellis Island are free of charge and totally family friendly.  Uptown On Saturday 4/3 runners in kilts (and other outfits) will take to the streets for a 10K Scotland Run while Scottish entertainers keep the spectators tapping their feet.

On Monday evening April 5th celebrities, top models, actors and executives join  Sir Sean Connery at M2 for the Glenfiddich Dressed to Kilt fashion show for the benefit of charity.  This year’s theme “Mad For Scotland” is bound to produce some outrageously fun plaid designs!

Wednesday April 7th brings Whisky Live to Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River for a gala evening of Whisky tasting and education.  All the world’s great Whiskies are gathered together in one exhibit hall where attendees sample offerings from premier producers and distillers and attend ‘education and entertainment zones’, where they will learn the intrigues of coopering, whisky blending, cocktail making.

Scots celebrations culminate with the grand National Tartan Day Parade on Saturday April 10th starting at 45th Street and winding its way up 6th Avenue with over 2,000 kilt clad pipers, drummers and Scottish groups.  Grand Marshal Alex Fergusson is sure to set a lively tone to the festivities!  And for those who just want a great thing to come to an end… there’s the Post Parade Party at STOUT.

This is clearly a week filled with hearty laughter, moving music and a tipple or two of fine Scots whisky!

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