Scots to Close NY Tartan Week on Ellis Island

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Tartan Week in New York concludes with a family-friendly Scottish festival featuring pipers, drummers, singers and dancers who represent Scotland's "portable culture" that were brought to this country by Scottish immigrants. Program scheduled for Sunday, April 5, 2009 from 10AM to 4PM.

"Tartan Day on Ellis Island" returns for its eighth annual celebration on Sunday, April 5, 2009. Ellis Island will play host to a broad range of outstanding performers who will present Scotland's "portable culture" - the music, dance, and folklore that were brought to this country by Scottish immigrants. The Ellis Island event will close NY Tartan Week - a seven-day festival of all things Scottish, including Sir Sean Connery's Dressed to Kilt Fashion show, Whisky Live! and the NY Tartan Day Parade.

The growing roster of Ellis Island performers includes, Scottish "Folk and Roll" favorites, Scocha, the 2007 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion Calum Pasqua, renowned "Riverdance" piper Christopher Layer, pianist Susie Petrov, the New York Celtic Dancers, John Grimaldi the Kilted Juggler and the Rampant Lion Pipe Band among others.

Ellis Island is a fitting place to observe Tartan Day. The island and its historic buildings represent America's "Golden Door." From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island. Although many Scots arrived during the colonial period of our history - helping to build the new nation - an additional half-million Scots came through Ellis Island. It has been estimated that 40% of Americans today can trace at least one ancestor's entry into the United States through Ellis Island.

The Tartan Day event runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There is no admission charge to the Tartan Day events or the immigration museum. Passenger ferries run from Battery Park in New York City and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. For complete ferry schedules to Ellis Island, visit: http://www.statuecruises.com.

For additional information about the Ellis Island Tartan Day observance and Tartan Week, phone (908) 273-3509 or visit http://www.tartanweek.com.

About Tartan Day on Ellis Island
Tartan Day on Ellis Island is one of the principal Scottish heritage events in the United States. The program is produced annually by the Clan Currie Society - one of the largest clan societies in the world - formed in 1959 to preserve and promote Scottish heritage and culture.

Describing the Tartan Week program, noted Scottish journalist and author Roddy Martine reported that of all the Tartan Day events held in the United States, the Ellis Island observance has, "stood out as a beacon of what USA Tartan Day is all about: the emigrant ancestors of ordinary Americans who over three centuries crossed the Atlantic Ocean to create the world's greatest democracy."

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