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New York Tartan Day Parade
"The 6th of April is the official Tartan Day, which commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320: Which was used as a basis for the American Declaration of Independence. Tartan Day was introduced ‘to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of Scottish Americans to the United States’. The day is about celebrating all that is good about Scotland: its people, its history, its heritage, its culture and its legacy to the world."
~ From the newyork.co.uk website
The New York Tartan Day Parade is one of the highlights of Tartan Week, a week-long celebration of Scottish heritage returning after these last years. During Tartan Week many Scottish-themed events and activities are organized throughout the city. The famous parade with its bagpipe bands, Highland dancing and other Scottish-themed display is one of the highlights of the week. The colours of three important flags are represented in this tartan's asymmetric design created to recognize the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue, Manhattan) host to the annual Tartan Day Parade : the blue, white and orange of New York city's own flag; the red, white and blue of the Star Spangled Banner; and the blue and white of the Scottish Saltire.🗽 🏴 🇺🇸
In 1998 the U.S. Senate declared April 6 to be National Tartan Day to recognize the contributions made by Scottish-Americans to the United States. In 1999, two pipe bands and a small but enthusiastic group of Scottish Americans marched from the British Consulate to the UN - first Parade! Since then, the parade has grown to include hundreds of pipers, thousands of marchers and many more thousands cheering from the sidelines.
Designed by David Wilton in 2012, this tartan is the official tartan of the New York Tartan Day Parade.
From the register: The centrepiece of this vibrant tartan is the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue, Manhattan) host to the annual Tartan Day Parade in America's largest city. The six-lane avenue is bordered by green for the city's many trees and parks and the white lines on maritime blue represent the three organisations who inaugurated the parade, the St Andrew's Society of New York State, the Caledonian Club of New York and the American Scottish Foundation founded in 1756, 1856 and 1956 respectively (the numeral coincidence of 56 being recorded in threads in the small blue square). Finally, the colours of three important flags are represented in the asymmetric design: the blue, white and orange of New York city's own flag; the red, white and blue of the Star Spangled Banner; and the blue and white of the Scottish Saltire. The design and the first fabric woven were donated by the Scottish Tartans Authority in appreciation of the long-serving volunteers who make this annual event possible.
Some of the Grand Marshalls in the past for this parade include:
1999 Cliff Robertson – Academy Award-winning Actor
2002 Sir Sean Connery – Academy Award-winning Actor
2005 Randall Wallace – Academy Award-nominated Screenwriter of “Braveheart”
2006 Brigadier Melville Jameson – Producer, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1994-2006)
2007 Rt.Hon. George Reid – Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2003-2007)
2008 Lawrence Tynes – Kicker for the New York Giants, Super Bowls XLII and XLVI
2009 Alan Cumming, OBE – Tony Award-winning Actor
2010 Rt. Hon. Sir Alex Fergusson – Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2007-2011)
2011 Rt. Hon. Bob Winter – Lord Provost of Glasgow (2007-2012)
2012 Brian Cox, CBE – Actor
2013 Kevin McKidd – Actor and Director
2014 Howie Nicholsby – Kilt Designer, 21st Century Kilts
2015 Graham McTavish – Actor
2015 Co-Grand Marshal Tricia Marwick – Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2011-2016)
2016 Sam Heughan – Actor
2017 Tommy Flanagan – Actor
2018 KT Tunstall – Musician
For more on this special parade, click the commemorative pin from 2018.