The first parade began along the sidewalk. This year we celebrate the 15th Annual NYC Tartan Day Parade on Sixth Avenue. I could not be more delighted or grateful to all who have made this possible, said Foundation Chairman, Heather Bain.
New York City, NY (PRWEB) April 01, 2013
The countdown is on to the 15th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade on Saturday April 6th. The American-Scottish Foundation (ASF), a proud founder of the parade, invites you to join the parade and share with us the celebration of Scottish heritage and pride, with a series of events taking place during Tartan Week
ASF is presenting a diverse platform of events from business, to film, to music and exhibitions - the events reflect ASF's mission to be between Scotland and America in multiple areas.
Beginning the Tartan Day weekend on Friday April 5th the ASFs presents "Our Energy Future : The Power of Partnerships in America and Scotland" hosted by Bank of America. The Forum brings together industry leaders, investors, policymakers and thinkers, to discuss the future of the renewable and clean tech energy sectors. Keynote addresses will be made by :
The Rt Hon Lord Marland, Chairman of United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) Business Ambassadors Group; MSP Members Duncan McNeil and Bruce Crawford of the Scottish Parliament and Francis J.Murray Jr President and CEO of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERTA).
On Saturday, April 6th, Tartan Day - The 15th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade will step off at 2pm from 44th Street and Sixth Avenue. Acclaimed award winning Scottish actor, Kevin McKidd will lead the parade as this years Grand Marshall. Pipe bands, drummers and members of Scottish clans and societies will be joined by over a hundred wee Scotties and Westies as New York is awash in tartan and kilts.
ASF is proud to be one of the three founder members of The National Tartan Day New York Committee proud organizers of the parade.,
On Sunday April 7th, at the Brick Church, 62 East 92nd Street, at 12.30 an Observance of Tartan Day's history and message will be delivered prior to a performance at 1pm of Scottish artist Fiona Kennedy's production of The Kist.
In 1998 Senate Resolution 155 was passed establishing Tartan Day as a permanent celebration of the important role Scots have played in the formation of the Untied States.
The festival of celebration continues, on Monday April 8th, at 12.30pm, as the St. Columba School Pipe Band play a free concert at Bryant Park on the Fountain Terrace at 42nd and Sixth Avenue.
This is the bands second visit to New York from Scotland having joined the once before parade in 2006. The band has played for HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, HRH the Princess Royal, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, alongside having led the Scottish rugby team onto the pitch at Murrayfield and welcomed the arrival of the QE2 to the Port of Greenock.
Later on April 8th ASF hosts a reception and viewing of "In The Footsteps of John Muir", a photographic exhibit by Scottish photographer Ken Patterson, at Federal Hall, Wall Street, The exhibit is presented in conjunction with National Parks Services and is open to the public from April 3rd - 25th, 2013
On Thursday April 11th, ASF events continue with preview screenings of" We Are Northen Lights" at the Bryant Park Hotel. The highly acclaimed documentary is the result of the first ever crowd sourced film project in Scotland. The film shows Scots, and their country, through a myriad of different lenses - those of the Scots themselves. The evening will include a Q&A with Director Dr Nick Higgins.
To learn more about the events taking place visit http://www.americanscottishfoundation.org
For further information please contact :
Camilla G Hellman, MBE - Director of Development
Emma Robertson-Werner - Ats & Culture Representative
Scotland House, 575 Madison Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10033
Tel. 1-212-605-0338 (ext. 4) Email: asfevents(at)wwbcny(dot)com
Notes to Editors :
The mission of the American-Scottish Foundation, the pre-eminent national, US based not-for-profit organization, is dedicatrf to strengthening ties between individuals, institutions and businesses of Scotland and the United States.
The Foundation champions, the extraordinary and creative relationship between Scotland and the United States with an extensive program of projects and events - a bridge between the two great countries.