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Remembering Sir Sean Connery

It is with great sadness that the American Scottish Foundation shares this post today following the passing of Sir Sean Connery who had recently celebrated his 90th birthday in August.

In 2001 the American-Scottish Foundation was honored to present the ASF Wallace Award to Sir Sean for his outstanding contribution to Scotland and International relations on the steps of the Capital. The presentation, made by Alan L Bian was part of the Washington DC 2001 celebration of Tartan Day.

ASF Chairman, Kenneth Donnelly was present that day and shares a tribute and memories of one of Scotland’s great icons:

“Sir Sean Connery was an inspiration to all Scots around the world. From his days in Edinburgh working odd jobs as a milkman, then bodybuilder to world class actor he inspires us all to take full advantage of all the opportunities in life. “

He was fully involved in supporting the idea of Tartan Day in America celebrating Scots contributions to the United States. “I recall back in 2000 standing proud with Sir Sean Connery, Senator Trent Lott, Vice President Dick Cheney and many others on the west steps of the Capitol building as Sen. Lott read the Congressional proclamation of Tartan Day as April 6th. “

Picture this Sir Sean coming down the steps of the Capitol in his kilt where many US Presidents have been sworn in, raising his arms in salute and the crowd raising a mighty cheer, “Scots Wha Hae”. In 2002 Sir Sean once again celebrated Tartan Day with us in the US, but this time as Grand Marshal of the New York Tartan Day Parade up Sixth Avenue – a great moment that all of us involved in NYC Tartan Week remember or know is one of the great moments of the Parade history.

Video of Sir Sean addressing the crowds in Washington, D.C. as part of Tartan Day

Thank you Sir Sean for all you have done to promote the culture of Scotland.

Alexander Robertson School Students Gearing Up For Tartan Day Parade

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.


Barbour Hosting Westies & Scotties in the New York Tartan Day Parade

This year, Barbour, the iconic British clothing brand, will sponsor one of the most well-loved units of the New York Tartan Day Parade: the Scottie and Westie Tartan Dog Pack.

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Thousands of marchers are expected to take part in the parade, and over one hundred of them will be well dressed Scottie and West Highland White Terriers, who will sport trademark Barbour tartan coats as they march up Sixth Avenue with their owners.

Tom Hooven, General Manager of Barbour Inc. said:

“The Tartan Day Parade gives us a great opportunity to creatively showcase our association with tartan and we look forward to taking part in the Parade with the Scotties and Westies.

“Barbour’s heritage is in the British countryside and throughout our history, we have had a long association with dogs both in providing clothing for their owners and providing dog coats and accessories for all shapes and sizes for our faithful friends.”

If you are in New York and would like your dog to star as part of the Tartan Pack in the Parade, send a photo of your dog to info@nyctartanweek.org by March 25th – and your Scottie or Westie may be chosen to receive a Barbour dog coat to wear in the parade.

Read more (and view a photo gallery of dogs at the Tartan Day Parade!) at Scotlandnow.com.



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.”


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


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.


Purchase your 2015 Tartan Day Parade Pin Today!

The Tartan Day Parade is fast approaching… register here for the NYC Tartan Week Parade on Saturday, April 11 and purchase your 2015 New York Tartan Day Parade Lapel Pin, now available! The pin is a perfect addition to your parade attire, whether you’re spectating along the route or marching with us!

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If you are a Member or Friend of the ASF and wish to march with the American-Scottish Foundation please complete this form so that we can register you as marching with us.

The Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. on April 11 at West 45th Street and marches up 6th Avenue to 55th Street. 

Please be in touch with any queries at asfevents@wwbcny.com




March with ASF in the 17th New York Tartan Day Parade!

On April 11, 2015, join us as we march up 6th Avenue with pipe bands and dancers to celebrate our Scottish ties!


Let us know if you’d like to march with us!

If you are a Member or Friend of the ASF and wish to march with the American-Scottish Foundation please print out the image above or complete this form so that we can register you as marching with us.

The Parade starts at 2.00pm on April 11 at W45th Street and marches up 6th Avenue to 55th Street.

Please be in touch with any queries at asfevents@wwbcny.com


4,000 Likes on Facebook! ASF Thanks You!

In celebration of 4,000 likes on Facebook, all of us at ASF would like to thank you for your continued support this year. What a delightful way to end 2014 and ring in the New Year!

As we approach 2015, we look forward to another incredible year of community and events, from our Burns Night Celebration Dinner on January 16 to the New York Tartan Day Parade on April 11, along with many more events and partner events throughout the year. Stay up-to-date on ASF’s goings-on via our website and Facebook events page.

We look forward to seeing you!


Tartan Day Parade 2014

The Parade starts at 2.00pm on April 5 at W45th Street and marches up 6th Avenue to 55th Street.

Print out the form above or download it as a high quality PDF reply form and return it to us; or be in touch with queries at asfevents@wwbcny.com

Not marching with the ASF? Then here is where you need to go for general registration for the 2014 Tartan Day Parade, which is now open…