The Red Thistle Dancers' First Performance (1974)
"The red thistle, found growing in California serves well as a symbol of both our Scottish heritage and current home." ~ Jennifer & John Kelly (founders of The Red Thistle Dancers)
Founded in 1973 in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Red Thistle Dancers are a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing and performing the country and highland dances and music of Scotland.
This tartan was designed by author of this website who is both an admirer of and performer with The Red Thistle Dancers.
Official Registry Notes: Designed as a tribute to The Red Thistle Dancers, a Scottish Country and Highland Dance performance group based in the San Francisco Bay Area, who take as their namesake, the California native red thistle.
This tartan is based on the California State tartan, birthplace of The Red Thistle Dancers in 1973. Colours include: Highland Green for the Scottish Highlands of Highland Dancing, Parchment for the Scroll of Honour awarded to the Directors of The Red Thistle Dancers by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Reds and crimsons for the California red thistle native species (Cirsium occidentale and Cirsium arizonicum), and Nobel for the thistledown.
For a gallery of more red thistle species, visit the website of The Red Thistle Dancers by clicking the thistle!