New York Tartan Day Parade – Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Grand Marshal Tommy Flanagan
New York Celebrates Its Scottish Heritage
Edinburgh Academy Pipe Band

Actor Tommy Flanagan to Be Grand Marshal of 19th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade on April 8th

Today, the National Tartan Day New York Committee President, Kyle Dawson, announced that acclaimed actor Tommy Flanagan, born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, will be the Grand Marshal of the 19th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade, which will take place on Saturday April 8th.

"It is an honor to celebrate my culture," said Mr. Flanagan about his appointment to Grand Marshal. "I have great pride in my heritage. Although I now live in Malibu, I visit Scotland regularly with my family. I'll have my daughter flying her flag forever."

The parade steps off at 2:00 PM and marches up Sixth Avenue from 44th Street to 55th Street.

Bands, Pipers, Dancers and Clans from Scotland and throughout the United States and Canada are joining the Parade, along with dozens of Scottish and West Highland Terriers.

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

  • April 6th has been designated as National Tartan Day, a day for celebrating Scottish heritage and pride.

  • The New York Tartan Day Parade is usually held the Saturday nearest Tartan Day. The 2017 18th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade will be held on April 8th.

  • The Parade and leading events of the week are run by the National Tartan Day New York Committee, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 coalition, and its member societies: the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, the New York Caledonian Club, The American-Scottish Foundation and Clan Campbell.

  • The days before and after the Parade are called “Tartan Week” and are filled with a full range of Scottish-themed events.

  • Every year is different but if you’re coming for a long week, we ideally suggest Friday, March 31st, through Monday, April 10th.

  • Coming for a few days? We recommend arriving early Wednesday, April 5th, through late Sunday, April 9th.

  • International travelers, especially those marching in the Parade, we HIGHLY recommend arriving no later than Thursday, April 6th!
Welcome to the official website of the New York Tartan Day Parade!


I’m sure you’re all wondering what’s been happening with the Tartan Day Parade. Well, we’ve been very hard at work putting together a fun-filled week!

Updates are coming soon, I promise you. We’ll be starting by announcing our Grand Marshal, who I’m sure you will all love! Then will come some exciting news about our sponsors…and then the after party. We have made some very big changes this year to the after party. We hope you all approve.

But first, I’m off to Scotland to finalize a few things for the parade…

Keep your eyes glued right here, or to our Facebook and Twitter pages, and don’t miss the news starting next week!

Oh, and don’t forget to register and march in the parade!

Till then –

Kyle Dawson
President, National Tartan Day New York Committee

Thanks to Our 2016 Sponsors

The National New York Tartan Day Committee would like to recognize our 2016 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
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Laphroaig - Official Whisky of the New York Tartan Day Parade Events
  • Visit Scotland
  • Scottish Government
  • Celtic Croft
  • Mountbatten Institute
  • Walkers
  • Grayline
  • Stevens and Graham
  • The Algonquin Hotel
  • Celtic Life International - North American Media Sponsor