New York Tartan Day Parade to be led by Graham McTavish celebrated Scottish actor,star of Starz series Outlander withTricia Marwick Presiding Officer Scottish Parliament.

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The countdown is on to the 17th annual New York Tartan Day Parade on Saturday, April 11th.To the cheers of the crowds, and the waving of Saltires, Graham McTavish will lead the Parade as the 2015 New York Tartan Day Parade Grand Marshal, alongside Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick, MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

The New York Tartan Day Parade will once again fill the air with the sound of bagpipes, for the 17th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade on Saturday April 11th

The New York Tartan Day Parade will once again fill the air with the sound of bagpipes, on Saturday April 11th

The countdown is on to the 17th annual New York Tartan Day Parade on Saturday, April 11th, at 2 p.m., on Sixth Avenue from 44th to 55th Streets. To the cheers of the crowds, and the waving of Saltires, Graham McTavish will lead the parade as the 2015 New York Tartan Day Parade Grand Marshal, alongside Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick, MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

“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".

The Tartan Day Parade is the highlight of celebrations which run from April 4th - 12th, as New York celebrates its Scottish-American heritage and the Scotland of today. A diverse range of events, from the Scotland Run to photo exhibits, lunch-time concerts, business seminars, a Pre-Parade Ceilidh and more, is planned - leading to the Tartan Day Parade.

This year, Scotland is celebrating the Year of Food and Drink and the New York Tartan Day Parade celebrates the week with Belhaven as the "Official Beer of the New York Tartan Day Parade Events."

Bands and clans from Scotland, throughout the United States and Canada, are joining the Parade. From Scotland, the Oban High School Pipe Band will be marching for the first time, as will the Lanark & District Pipe Band. Clan members from throughout the United States, Scotland and Canada have registered to march and to cheer the parade along.

The New York Tartan Day Parade began 17 years ago with a handful of people walking down a sidewalk, and has now grown to be the culminating celebration of over ten days of events that will take place throughout New York.

“I remember well the first Tartan Day Parade along the sidewalks of Third Avenue. I am proud this year, on our 17th Anniversary of the parade, to see us grow from strength to strength – a day for all to celebrate their Scottish-American heritage. ...We hope you will join us on the Avenue," said Alan Bain, President of the National Tartan Day New York Committee, the Parade organizers.

For further information regarding the New York Tartan Day Parade events calendar, visit the New York Tartan Day Parade website: nyctartanweek.org

For further information regarding the New York Tartan Day Parade:
Contact Camilla Hellman or Heather Quist
Email : Info(at)nyctartanweek(dot)org
t. 212 605 0338
NYTD: @nyctartanweek    
ASF: @asfevents; #NYTartanWeek, #TartanDay, #ScotWeek

For further information regarding Graham McTavish & Outlander Starz
Contact Alana McGaughey
Email : Alana(dot)McGaughey(at)Starz(dot)com
GRAHAM - @grahammctavish
STARZ - @Outlander_Starz; #outlander

For further information regarding Rt Hon Tricia Marwick, MSP
Contact Myer Cohen
myer(dot)cohen(at)scottish(dot)parliament(dot)uk

For further information regarding Belhaven
Contact Sonia Lawrence
Email SoniaLawrence(at)greeneking(dot)co(dot)uk

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