New York Tartan Day Parade – Saturday, April 7th, 2018
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KT Tunstall Announced as Grand Marshal of the NYC Tartan Day Parade on April 7th

Award-winning Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall has been chosen to lead the annual NYC Tartan Day parade as Grand Marshal, the first woman to lead the Parade.

The NYC Tartan Day Parade will be held on April 7, 2018. The parade starts at 2:00 PM at 45th Street and marches up Sixth Avenue to 55th Street.

Last year, the event drew more than 3,500 participants and 30,000 spectators.

Photo Credit: Conor McDonnell

“I’m delighted to participate in this twenty-year tradition and very proud to be the first female solo Grand Marshal,” said Ms. Tunstall about her appointment. “It is especially meaningful to step into this role with the movement for gender equality picking up great speed all over the world. I’m always happy to celebrate my roots as a Scottish musician, and I’ve never felt more empowered in my own career than I do now, it’s an exciting time.”

KT Tunstall released her multi-platinum debut, Eye To The Telescope (2004). Since then and some 20 years since she started playing gigs as a teenager back home in St. Andrews, Scotland, she has been nominated for a Grammy®, won a BRIT and the Ivor Novello, and seen her songs used everywhere from opening credits of The Devil Wears Prada to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign theme.

Ms. Tunstall returns later this year with a new full-length album. The second in a trilogy, this new album will be the follow up to her acclaimed 2016 album ‘KIN’. More details to be announced soon.

The Spring/Summer of 2018 sees her build up to the release of her 6th studio album with special guest slots on tour with the likes of Simple Minds, The Pretenders, and Gary Barlow. See for details.

Photo Credit : Tom Oxley

What is Tartan Day, the New York Tartan Day Parade, and Tartan Week?

Welcome to the official website of the New York Tartan Day Parade!

We are SO CLOSE!! less than 1 month away and we will be having one of the best Tartan Weeks yet!

Plans are really coming together for the 20th Anniversary of Tartan Day. I hope you are all as excited as we are to have KT Tunstall as our first Female Grand Marshal to lead the parade, We seriously couldn't be happier.

Please head to our registration page to register your group, band, clan, or dog. All are welcome. Registration will CLOSE as of March 20th.

Registration is easy, but if there are any issues, please email and someone will get back to you

We want to see you all out on Sixth Avenue marching with pride for Tartan Day, for your love of Scotland and all things Scottish, and to celebrate the unique friendship of Scotland and the USA.

Don't forget, if you just want to grab a pint, You can find me at Blooms Tavern!

Kyle Dawson
President, National Tartan Day New York Committee

A Special Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors

The National New York Tartan Day Committee would like to recognize our 2017 Sponsors whose support enabled the New York Tartan Day Parade to happen.

  • Barbour - Platinum Presenting Sponsor of the Parade and the Barbour Scottie and Westie Dog Pack
  • Belhaven - Official Beer of New York Tartan Day Parade Events
  • Glenlivet Founders Reserve - Official Whisky of New York Tartan Day Parade Events
  • VisitScotland
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Kensington Publishing Group
  • Scottish Government
  • Grayline USA
  • Megabus - Coach USA
  • 59E59th Street
  • Harney & Sons
  • St Andrews Restaurant
  • Mountbatten Institute
  • NY Choral Society
  • Walkers
  • Stevens and Graham
  • The Algonquin Hotel
  • NY Print Parnters
  • Scots Magazine - UK Media Partner
  • Celtic Life International - North American Media Sponsor