As St. Patrick's Day season winds down, we'll embrace the Scottish side of Celtic music and culture by taking in the 15th annual Tartan Day parade, which this year falls on Tartan Day itself. Featuring pipe and drum bands, Scottish dancers, Scottish clans, and packs of Scotty and Westie dogs, the parade is a 10-block celebration of Scottish culture and heritage. And did I mention that some of the people marching even throw little packages of Walker's shortbread cookies into the crowd?
The parade kicks off at 2 p.m at 6th Avenue and 45th Street then heads 10 blocks up 6th to 55th, where the bands and dancers give one last performance before heading to the various after-parade festivities. We'll congregate at the end of the parade route by about 2:15. First, we'll have our annual pre-parade lunch at McGee's, 240 W. 55th, between Broadway and 8th, starting around 1 p.m.
The fun doesn't stop after the parade's over. The annual post-parade party is at Stout on W. 33rd from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.,featuring the music of Baltimore-based Scotch/Celtic rock band The Rogues. Combine a Scottish pipe band with The Chieftains, The Waterboys, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Matthews Band, and a symphony orchestra, and you get The Rogues.
Tickets are $40 but include three hours of limited open bar featuring Belhaven Black Scottish Stout. For more info about the post-parade party and a link to buy tickets, goto:
The parade typically only lasts about an hour. In between the parade and the post-parade party, have a pint at one of the many pubs along the way or check out the Macy's Flower Show. Join us for the entire day or whichever part of the day you wish. Just tell us on your RSVP which parts of the day you'll be joining us for.
Hope to see you at some point, Tartan Day in New York is always a lot of fun, almost like a more manageable St. Patrick's Day.
For a listing of all Tartan Week-related events in New York, see the official Tartan Week New York Website at:
And the American Scottish Foundation's Website at: