2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Tartan Day Parade in New York as part of Scotland Week. Led by a Grand Marshal, the parade will bring together pipers and drummers from all over the world in a celebration of the contribution made to the USA by the Scots.
The annual Parade takes place on 6th Avenue on the Saturday following Tartan Day (6th April) and is the stalwart of the Scotland Week calendar. This year, the Parade will take place on Saturday, 7th April.
Led by a Grand Marshal, the parade will bring together pipers and drummers from all over the world in a celebration of the contribution made to the USA by the Scots. Past marshals have include Sir Sean Connery, Scots-born actors Brian Cox, Kevin McKidd, Alan Cumming and Sam Heughan, and former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Last year's Grand Marshal was acclaimed actor Tommy Flanagan.
Tartan Day has been celebrated on the 6th of April since 1998. Over the years it has been expanded into a week-long programme of events promoting Scotland in North America.
The official parade tartan has been designed by the Scottish Tartans Authority, funded by the Scottish Registers of Tartan and its registration donated by the National Records of Scotland. Its colours and pattern represent aspects of Scottish and American culture such as the blue and white of the Saltire, and the green of the trees bordering 6th Avenue where the parade takes place.