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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.

Countdown to the 66th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The iconic Edinburgh Tattoo is fast approaching.royal-edinburgh-military-tattoo-logo

The 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will begin on August 7th and run until the 29th. The theme of this year’s event is East Meets West. The 90-minute production will showcase around 1,200 talented performers, many of whom are of Scottish descent — but the international theme promises acts from everywhere from Germany to Nepal.edinburgh-tattoo-travel-packages (1)

With Edinburgh Castle setting the scene, singers, dancers, pipers, and drummers will come together before massive audiences. The 2015 Edinburgh Tattoo line-up includes Switzerland’s famous percussion group, ‘Top Secret Drum Corps,’ as well as the new addition of an appearance by the UK’s Royal Air Force. And for the first time, Charleston’s 70-piece Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will travel from South Carolina to perform. Alongside the music will be a light display, illuminating the castle in color and complementing the sights and sounds on stage. Every show will end in a display of fireworks.

A “Tattoo” is a ceremonial performance given by military musicians. They traditionally take place in the evening. “Tattoo” comes from the old term “tap toe,” which was a call for last orders in the tavern before soldiers were sent off to bed. The first official Edinburgh Tattoo occured in 1950. Since then, over 48 other countries have taken part. The audience is also always filled with international spectators. In the past 65 years, over 13 million people have attended the Tattoo.royal-edinburgh-tattoo-melbourne-2016

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo coincides with city’s various summer festivals. The Tattoo keeps Scottish flair and history alive, even as it celebrates international relations. Each August the city fills with excited tourists and locals alike. The annual audience is made up of around 217,000 people who are eager to experience the Scottish tradition.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Tattoo’s official website.

Preview the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in this video:

All images via events.com.au



Causes to Support: Royal Gurkha Welfare Trust UK


The American-Scottish Foundation asks our Members and Friends to consider a donation to the Gurkha Welfare Trust UK.

The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) is a rifle regiment of the British Army, forming part of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Unlike other regiments in the British Army, soldiers are recruited from Nepal, which is neither a dependent territory of the United Kingdom nor a member of the Commonwealth.

This year, the Royal Gurkha Rifles celebrate their 200th anniversary of distinguished service to the British Crown.

The Gurkha Welfare Trust is the main beneficiary of Gurkha 200. It will be organising a number of special events. These will include a Beating Retreat, Cocktail Party and special Dinner, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, in association with the Brigade of Gurkhas in June 2015 to mark the occasion.

Sadly, Gurkha pride in this remarkable milestone is offset by deep concern following the disaster in their homeland of Nepal.

In August, many will see the 1st & 2nd Battalion of The Royal Gurkha Rifles Pipes & Drums as they perform at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

For US donations you can support by donating via the following link and selecting The Gurkha Welfare Trust from the menu: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/helpnepal?code=Nepal

For UK donations and to learn more visit their website at http://www.gwt.org.uk/

We keep them in our thoughts and hope we can assist them at this difficult time.