Celebrate Tartan Day and join the New York Tartan Day Parade in 2013 – parade registration is now open. The parade is organized by the National Tartan Day New York Committee. Pipe bands, individual players and bands, Scottish groups and societies are all welcome to join in the largest Scottish outdoor event in Manhattan. To register for the Tartan Day Parade please use the NTDNYC online registration form below.
Tartan Week is a series of independent events, coordinated by the Tartan Week Alliance and the National Tartan Day New York Committee, that celebrate Scotland and the historic links between Scotland and the USA.
The New York Tartan Day Parade is organized by The National Tartan Day New York Committee, a volunteer group that also help coordinate the Tartan Week events organized by the St Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, American ScottishFoundation and the New York Caledonian Club.
Event: The New York Tartan Day Parade – 2013
Organizers: The New York Tartan Day Committee
Date: April 6th, 2013
Route: 6th Avenue, New York City
History of National Tartan Day
The Scots have played a vibrant and influential role in the development of this country. This contribution was recognized by a US Senate Resolution that appeared in the Congressional Record of April 7, 1997. In 1998 National Tartan Day was officially recognized on a permanent basis when the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 155 recognizing April 6th as National Tartan Day. This was followed by companion bill House Resolution 41which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9, 2005. The passage of this bill was due to the work of the National Capital Tartan Committee, Inc., and president James Morrison.
That date of National Tartan Day – April 6th – commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which asserted Scotland’s sovereignty and which was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence. Canada has been celebrating “National Tartan Day” since 1993. The idea and motivation for creating a similar American holiday was provided by the Scottish Coalition, a group of national Scottish- American cultural organizations.