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Tartan Week

Tartan Week



New York Celebrates Scottish-American Heritage
April 2 to 10, a full week of events,
 topped off with a parade


The National Tartan Day New York Committee invites all New Yorkers to join in celebrating the 12th Annual Tartan Week, from April 2rd to 10th.

"On April 2, a new exhibition entitled, 'Scotland's Gift' opens at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum reflecting the contributions of the Scottish people."

On April 3rd, the 10k Scotland Run takes place in Central Park. Over 7,000 people completed the run last year.  On Ellis Island, two days of festivities and pagentry will be taking place reflecting Scottish immigrant history.

Monday April 5th, Tartan Week continues down in Lower Manhattan with an evening of Scottish music from Stone Street to the East River. 

The evening begins at 6pm with a concert in the British Garden at Hanover Square featuring New York-based McTalla Mor, Edinburgh’s A Whisky Kiss “unplugged”, and Laura McGhee, rock violinist from Glasgow, together with the New York Scottish Pipes & Drums.  The music continues along the cobbled way of Stone Street, with performances at Ullysees and Becketts.

There are diverse events throughout the week, ranging from the Dressed to Kilt fashion extravaganza to A Whisky Live, from the Adam Smith Business Forum, to the Harry Benson photo exhibit, to the Pre-Parade Ceilidh, topped off by the Parade - there are events for all. 

On Saturday April 10th, the day begins at 10am with the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan, a Scottish-American non-denominational church service which includes the blessing of tartan flags.

The thrilling sound of bagpipes brings the 12th Annual Tartan Day Parade to the Avenue of the Americas  (6th Avenue) at 2pm.  Alex Fergusson, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, is this year’s Grand Marshal. The parade goes from 45th Street to 55th Street.

Thousands of pipers, drummers, and members of Scottish clans and societies, are joined by the biggest pack of wee Scotties and Westies in any parade.  New York will be awash in tartan and kilts as Scottish Americans celebrate their heritage and friendship.

To learn more about all the events or how you too can join in, visit

For further information please contact NYTD Media Committee:

Tel. 212 605 0338    Email :

Camilla Hellman        Heather Quist  


Events during Tartan Week include:

On Friday April 2nd, Tartan Week begins with the opening of a new exhibition, "Scotland's Gifts" at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

On Saturday April 3rd Tartan Week will begin with Scotland Run, a 10k event through Central Park at 10am.

On Ellis Island, there will be two days of events and pageantry representing Scottish immigrant history.

On Monday April 5th, Lower Manhattan will fill with the sound of
Scottish music

6pm Concert - British Garden at Hanover Square with McTalla Mor, Laura McGhee, A Whisky Kiss “unplugged” and the New York Scottish Pipes & Drums.

7pm - Music continues along Stone Street’s with performances at Ullysees and Becketts.


Later that evening, fashion takes center stage with Dressed to Kilt, a gala evening of celebrities and models showing tartan-inspired fashion.

On Tuesday, April 6th, the American-Scottish Foundation®, in association with the Scottish Government and the Financial Times, hosts the Adam Smith Business Forum on the timely topic of morality in economics.

On Wednesday, April 7th, one of Scotland’s leading exports will be highlighted at the Chelsea Piers, when Whisky Live presents an evening of great whisky, fine food and entertainment.

On Thursday, April 8th, the St. Andrews Society hosts a reception and private viewing of an exhibit of Harry Benson’s photographic work.

On Friday, April 9th, the New York Caledonian Club hosts their annual Pre-Parade Ceilidh (pronounced KAY-lee), a Scottish dance party.

On Saturday April 10th, Parade Day begins at 10am with the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan, followed by the Parade up Sixth Avenue at 2pm.

After enjoying the Parade, head to Stout, 133 West 23rd Street where Enter The Haggis and Barleyjuice will rock the stages. Tickets available at


About the National Tartan Day New York Committee

The National Tartan Day New York Committee was formed in 2002 by the Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York, the New York Caledonian Club, and the American-Scottish Foundation®
to organize New York’s Tartan Day Parade, help perpetuate Tartan Day and coordinate Tartan Week activities. The Clan Campbell Society, the New York Police Pipes & Drums, the Tartan Army and Clan Currie are recent additions to the Committee. The Committee is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation organized under the laws of the State of New York.


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