We take a moment here to look back at the 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade which took place on April 7th, the highlight to a week of events… so much to report on, so many to thank – and we have to mention how we were under the threat of snow – and it didnt happen – brisk but clear.
ASF presented several events during the week in addition to a series of lunchtime concerts at Bryant Park. A thank you to all those who helped with the programming which included
– an opportunity to learn more around the discovering of your Scottish roots with Dr Bruce Durie
– ‘A Taste of Scotland’ with a menu prepared by Scotland’s National Chef Gary MacLean, co-hosted with City of Glasgow College
– ASF Members & Friends Post Parade Reception at which we were joined by many guests from Scotland including the Archie Foundation, Clans & Castles, The Convenyor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs Donald MacLeod of MacLeod, members of VisitScotland, the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Office.
Thank you to all who joined the The American-Scottish Foundation® contingenet and marched with us in the 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade – AND to all those who cheered us on.
KT Tunstall was a fabulous Grand Marshal – the first woman to lead the Parade. AND Congratulations to all the volunteers and our fellow NYC Tartan Week committee members – EVERYONE did a great
We have discovered a few highlights of Parade Day captured in a video on You Tube. – from the Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace presented by The American-Scottish Foundation® at Bryant Park and onward to the Parade.
Prior to the Parade the young band of pipers from Sgoli Lionacleit had an opportunity to meet Keith Brown MSP for Clackmannanshire & Dunblane who could not resist the opportunity to try out a snare drum which he is pictured “carrying” below.
The Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band performed twice at Bryant Park – and for their second performance they were joined by 18 year old Lisa Kowalski who is winning recognition throughout the UK – this was her first visit to New York and the Parade. The involvement of the young performers is something ASF fully embraces within our ongoing bursary program – and reflects Scotland’s message of the Year of Young People.
Also taking part in the lunchtime concerts were Craig Weir and the multi talented Hannah Read – who left the following day for a month long tour in support of her latest album. Both Craig and Hannah have helped us in the development of the lunchtime concerts, a Thank you to everyone who took part.
Great performances from all
The Daily News carried a great report on the day which we link to below… “Scots of all ages proudly celebrated their homeland during the 2018 Tartan Day Parade in Manhattan on April 7, 2018.
The annual march, now in its 20th year, was led by Scottish singer KT Tunstall and included pipers playing traditional Scottish songs, dancers, flag twirlers, aplenty of dogs for the cheering crowd of spectators.”New York Daily News:
The students and staff at New York’s Alexander Robertson School are getting very excited about their participation in the 2015 Tartan Day Parade. Having marched for the first time last year, the members of this 225-year-old school community know how much fun Tartan Day is –– and to add to the general festivities, they are learning some Scottish Country Dances to perform along the Parade route. Watch for them “Stripping the Willow” and dancing a reel accompanied by their violin teacher, Kristina Giles, who, while classically trained, plays a mean fiddle!
Leading the Pre-K through 5th grade students along the route will be internationally renowned Bagpiper and World Peace Tartan Ambassador, Craig Weir. Craig (20), who is attending Tartan Week to promote the World Peace Tartan’s message of global cooperation and understanding, will be meeting with the Alexander Robertson School children to discuss this important initiative.
The school was founded by the largely Scottish congregation of the Second Presbyterian Church in 1789 to educate the children of “farmers and common folk” to become engaged citizens in the new republic, its message of empowerment through education and the World Peace Tartan initiative’s aim to promote global peace and combat child poverty dovetail together beautifully. The youthful exuberance that will be displayed as these two profound messages of hope combine will lift the hearts of all who see it.
Irwin Shlachter, the Head of the Alexander Robertson School says: “Meeting Craig and participating in the Tartan Day parade will help our students understand that there are many issues in the world that they can help with. It empowers them to realize that they can create better cultural understanding for themselves and for future generations. We are a school where the children study locally but learn globally.”
The Alexander Robertson School is a co-educational, Pre-K through 5th Grade community of thoughtful learners located on West 95th Street just steps from New York’s Central Park. It welcomes families of every configuration, ethnicity and religious tradition.