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New York Tartan Day Parade Grand Marshals

The History of the New York Tartan Day Parade:

The annual New York Tartan Day Parade began 19 years ago, in 1998, after the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 155, which officially recognized April 6th as Tartan Day. This was followed by companion bill House Resolution 41, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005. On April 4, 2008, President George W. Bush signed a Presidential Proclamation making April 6 National Tartan Day.

Tommy Flanagan – Image via nyctartanweek.org

In 1998, the first Tartan Day Parade, consisting of two pipe bands and a small but spirited group of Scottish Americans, was led by the very first Grand Marshal, Cliff Robertson.

Today the parade is a grand affair, featuring thousands of participants, including bands, dancers and clans.

On April 8, 2017, The Grand Marshal of the 19th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade will be Glasgow-born actor Tommy Flanagan.

The acclaimed actor has starred in Braveheart, Gladiator, and Alien vs Predator, as well as FX Network’s drama, Sons of Anarchy. He will be a starring role in the upcoming movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, Chapter 2.

Past Parade Grand Marshals:

From actors and screenwriters, to athletes and designers, the past New York Tartan Day Parade Grand Marshals have been talented Scots from all different walks of life.

Read about them here:

Sam Heughan, 2016

2016: Sam Heughan, Scottish actor best known for his role as Jamie Fraser in the Starz hit series Outlander.

2015: Co-Grand Marshals: Tricia Marwick, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2011-2016) and Graham McTavish, Scottish television and film actor with an extensive career including roles in Outlander and The Hobbit Trilogy. 

2014: Howie Nicholsby, Kilt designer and owner of “21st Century Kilts” in Edinburgh.

2013: Kevin McKidd, Scottish-American actor best known for his roles in ABC series Grey’s Anatomy and film Trainspotting.

Kevin McKidd, 2013

2012: Brian Cox, acclaimed Scottish theatre and film actor who works with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

2011: Bob Winter, Lord Provost of Glasgow from 2007 until 2012.

2010: Rt. Hon. Alex Fergusson, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 2007 until 2011.

2009: Alan Cumming, OBE, Tony, Emmy and Golden-Globe award-winning actor.

2008:  Lawrence Tynes, Scottish-born former kicker for the New York Giants, winners of Super Bowl XVII.

2007: Rt. Hon. George Reid, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 2003 until 2007.

2006: Brigadier Melville Jameson, Producer of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo from 1994 until 2006.

2005: Randall Wallace, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Braveheart.

Sir Sean Connery, 2002

2002: Sir Sean Connery, Academy Award-winning actor and producer who was the first actor to portray James Bond in film.

1998: The late Cliff Robertson, Academy Award-winning actor with a film and television career that spanned half a century.

Outlander Fans Love The New York Tartan Day Parade

65ffe6f6-8529-40cf-984d-98ef3c49dda0At the American-Scottish Foundation, we take great pride in being a founding member of the National Tartan Day New York Committee, together with the St Andrews Society of the State of New York, the New York Caledonian Club, and more recent member Clan Campbell.

We work together to coordinate joint and separate events and festivities during the annual New York City Tartan Week, including the annual Tartan Day Parade, which is now the biggest event of its kind in the United States.

We love hearing from fans of the Tartan Week festivities, so it was great to see the enthusiastic response of Outlander fans at the 18th annual New York Tartan Day parade.

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Outlander is a time-travel television series based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon. It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse in 1945 who is mysteriously transported back to Scotland in 1743, where she meets the handsome Highland warrior Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan. Heughan was the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade.

With Sam Heughan leading this year’s Tartan Day Parade, Outlander fans flocked to New York this year in even greater numbers than were with us last year when Graham McTavish, another great actor from the series, was Grand Marshal. It was no surprise that many Outlander fans came and participated in the parade from all over the Unites States Britain and Europe.

cfe5cb3e-9882-479b-b247-6a0136c8fdc1Over 450 members of the fan group Outlander United marched in the parade, while thousands lined the streets just hoping to catch a glimpse of Heughan. Scotland Now calls the Outlander effect in New York the nearest thing to “Beatle-Mania.” All the American-Scottish Foundation can say is that it was wonderfuto see so many enjoying the Parade.

 

Image via tomandlorenzo.com

Image via tomandlorenzo.com

To hear first hand-accounts of the Tartan Day Parade from members of the Outlander United group, read this fantastic article by TiBS blogger and Outlander United member, Erin Conrad. It includes a slideshow of more fabulous photos from the parade.

We hope to see the members of Outlander United at next year’s parade. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 8th, 2017!

To learn more about the annual New York City Tartan Day Parade, visit the website, here.

 

Sights from the 17th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade!

The 17th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade today was a smashing success. From the sounds of pipes and drums at the pre-parade concert at Bryant Park to the Westies and Scotties of the Barbour Tartan Dog Pack to the over 300 Outlander fans who came out to support Grand Marshal Graham McTavish, the day was a true celebration of Scottish culture and spirit!

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Lanark and District Pipe Band at the Pre-Parade Concert at Bryant Park 

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The Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch at the Pre-Parade Concert at Bryant Park 

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Members of the Barbour Tartan Dog Pack meeting each other for the first time!

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Grand Marshal Graham McTavish and Honorary Grand Marshal Rt. Hon Tricia Marwick, MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Government

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The American-Scottish Foundation marchers!

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Over 300 Outlander fans joined in the festivities!

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Belhaven, the official beer sponsor for the parade!

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A strikingly well-dressed parade goer takes in the sound of pipes and drums.

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The Barbour Tartan Dog Pack

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One of the members of the Barbour Tartan Dog Pack – a true model!

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Many thanks to the Algonquin Hotel, our home base for the day of festivities!

Photos by Sara Heegaard

Grand Marshals Announced for the 17th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade!

The 17th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade will be led by Graham McTavish, celebrated Scottish actor and star of Starz Original Series “Outlander” alongside Rt. Hon Tricia Marwick, MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Government.  

Mr. McTavish said: “It is a singular honor to follow in the footsteps of previous Grand Marshals. I hope I can live up to the illustrious tradition established by my predecessors and bring pride to my family, clan and nation,” Graham McTavish responded when accepting the role.

The Presiding Officer said: “Having taken part in previous Tartan Day parades and experienced at first-hand the color, enthusiasm and buzz of the marchers and spectators, I am pleased and excited to represent the Scottish Parliament at the head of the Tartan Day Parade.  New York’s Tartan Week celebrations highlight the unique relationship between Scotland and North America.”

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Graham McTavish, Grand Marshal of the 17th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade

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The Rt Hon, Tricia Marwick, MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament has been appointed Honorary Grand Marshal of the upcoming New York Tartan Day Parade

To register to march in the parade on Saturday, April 11, 2015, visit ASF’s homepage here.

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