New York Tartan Day Parade – Saturday, April 8th, 2017
ABOUT US
The History of Tartan Day
In 1998 the U.S. Senate declared April 6 to be National Tartan Day to recognize the contributions made by Scottish-Americans to the United States. In 1999, two pipe bands and a small but enthusiastic group of Scottish Americans marched from the British Consulate to the UN—our first Parade! Since then, we have grown to include hundreds of pipers, thousands of marchers and many more thousands cheering from the sidelines.



The National Tartan Day New York Committee was formed as a 501(c)(3) in 2002 to organize the Parade and co-ordinate all the associated activities which surround the Parade. There are now so many it has become Tartan Week, with a definition of “week” as anything, so far, from 7-21 days.

New York Tartan Day 2011 Event Documentary


New York Tartan Day Past Grand Marshals
  • 1999 Cliff Robertson - Academy Award-winning Actor
  • 2002 Sir Sean Connery - Academy Award-winning Actor
  • 2005 Randall Wallace - Academy Award-nominated Screenwriter of “Braveheart”
  • 2006 Brigadier Melville Jameson - Producer, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1994-2006)
  • 2007 Rt.Hon. George Reid - Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2003-2007)
  • 2008 Lawrence Tynes - Kicker for the New York Giants, Super Bowls XLII and XLVI
  • 2009 Alan Cumming, OBE - Tony Award-winning Actor
  • 2010 Rt. Hon. Sir Alex Fergusson - Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2007-2011)
  • 2011 Rt. Hon. Bob Winter - Lord Provost of Glasgow (2007-2012)
  • 2012 Brian Cox, CBE - Actor
  • 2013 Kevin McKidd - Actor and Director
  • 2014 Howie Nicholsby - Kilt Designer, 21st Century Kilts
  • 2015 Graham McTavish - Actor
  • 2015 Co-Grand Marshal Tricia Marwick - Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2011-2016)
  • 2016 Sam Heughan - Actor

National Tartan Day
Member Organizations
The St. Andrews Society of the State of New York
Ernst Rothe Representative
For over 250 years, the St. Andrew’s Society and its distinguished membership have provided charitable relief, academic sponsorship, community and identity to the natives of Scotland and their descendants. As one of the oldest not-for-profit organizations in the country, the St. Andrew’s Society celebrates Scottish heritage and tradition through fund-raising and other social events, fostering the good will, understanding and communication between the people of New York and the people and leadership of Scotland.
New York Caledonian Club
Kyle Dawson Representative, NTDNYC President
The New York Caledonian Club, established in 1856, is a not-for-profit society that is “open to the world” and provides Scots, Scottish-Americans and anyone with an interest in Scotland with opportunities for fellowship and cultural expression. The NYCC hosts a number of cultural and social events, including its annual Burns Supper (a traditional celebration of the creative genius of Robert Burns) and day trips to regional festivals. The Club’s offers classes in varied subjects, and makes charitable contributions to organizations in the U.S. and Scotland. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The American-Scottish Foundation
Alan Bain Representative, NTDNYC Secretary
Founded in New York City, NY 1956. The mission of The American-Scottish Foundation® is to be the pre-eminent, national, US-based not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to strengthening ties between individuals, institutions and businesses of Scotland and the United States through the pursuit of contemporary social, cultural, educational, philanthropic, scientific and economic interests and activities. The American-Scottish Foundation® champions the extraordinary and creative relationship between the US and Scotland for mutual benefit.
The Clan Campbell Society of North America
Lebby Campbell Representative, NTDNYC Treasurer
Clan Campbell has long been one of the most numerous and powerful in the Highlands of Scotland, and those born as Campbells or of related names are automatically members. The Society is designed for those who are actively interested in their clan heritage and kin, and anyone interested may join. The aims of the Society are educational and social, to re-forge the link between Campbells and their Highland heritage, and to re-forge their links with their worldwide kinsfolk. The primary benefit of membership is the quarterly Journal, which carries a variety of articles on Campbell history, genealogy, and social events. The Society also provides a genealogical service and reference library.


Carnegie Hall
Jennifer Hempel, Representative
Since it opened in 1891, Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for musical excellence as the aspirational destination for the world’s finest artists. From Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Bartók to George Gershwin, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, and The Beatles, music-making by a long list of artists representing the best of every genre has filled Carnegie Hall over the years. Scottish steel magnate Andrew Carnegie was inspired to build Carnegie Hall by his new wife, Louise, who sang in the Oratorio Society of New York. While on a honeymoon cruise to Scotland in 1887, Louise along with Walter Damrosch—conductor of the New York Symphony Society and Oratorio Society, also on his way to Europe—asked Carnegie to create a new home for music in New York City.