New York Tartan Day Parade – Saturday, April 6th, 2019
New York Celebrates Its Scottish Heritage
Tartan Day Dancers
Meditating in Mid-Air
Tartan Day Parade Pipe Band

A Letter from Mayor Bill de Blasio

Congratulations from the Mayor on the 20th Anniversary of National Tartan Day!

The National Tartan Day New York Committee wishes everyone a Happy Tartan Day, celebrating the contributions that Scots and Scottish-Americans have made to this great nation. We are delighted to receive this congratulatory letter from the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.

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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!

Registration for the 2019 NYC Tartan Day Parade is NOW OPEN.

Come join us to march up Sixth Avenue in New York City, to the swirl of kilts, the skirl of bagpipes and the cheers of tens of thousands of spectators. We admit to bias when we say it’s the most fun Parade in New York! Join pipe bands from across the globe, dancers, clans, dogs, politicians, Scottish cultural organizations, plus of COURSE the Loch Ness Monster, in a joyous New York celebration of Scottish pride.

The invitation is still out there, if you are in NYC, give me a shout! I'd love to grab a pint with you.

Kyle Dawson
President, National Tartan Day New York Committee

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

The National Tartan Day New York Committee would like to recognize our 2018 Sponsors whose support enabled the New York Tartan Day Parade to happen.

  • Belhaven Brewery- Official Beer of New York Tartan Day Parade Events
  • Carnegie Hall
  • The Glenlivet Founders Reserve - Official Whisky of New York Tartan Day Parade Events

  • VisitScotland
  • Scottish Government
  • Gray Line NY
  • Walkers Shortbread

  • The Algonquin Hotel
  • British Heritage
  • Bloom's Tavern
  • Celtic Life
  • General Society of Mechanics and Tradesman
    of the City of New York
  • Harney & Sons Fine Teas
  • Mountbatten Institute
  • Scottish Banner
  • Scottish Clans and Castles Ltd
  • Stevens & Graham
  • Vector Media