Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate NYC Tartan Week with us! 


KT Tunstall 
Photo by: Benjamin Chateauvert

On Saturday, April 7, 2018 The American Scottish Foundation presented the Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace of Bryant Park once again in the lead up to the Parade. We would like to thank Shot of Scotch - NYC's Premier Scottish Highland Dancers, Accrington Pipe Band (England), The Highland Divas, Shamrock and Thistle Pipes and Drums, The Pipes and Drums of Atlantic Watch and Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band (Scotland) for wonderful performances.

Immediately following Braynt Park we gathered for the 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade, which this year had over 3500 marchers and an estimated crowd of over 35000 cheering us on.  The Parade was led by KT Tunstall, the first female to lead the Parade up Sixth Avenue.

The 20th Anniversary of Tartan Day was observed in words and music on April 6th as ASF presented the Tartan Day Observance at Bryant Park.  

We were honored to be joined by Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown, MSP, who brought greetings from Scotland.  Readings from the Declaration of Arbroath and Senate Resolution, together with a Mayoral message from Mayor de Blassio, were delivered by Kenneth Donnelly, and Robbie Munro.

Tartan Day originated in Canada and the Observance began with piping from Forest Legion Pipe Band, Canada, with National anthems offered by the Highland Divas. Hannah Read, Lisa Kowalski and Craig Weir.  We are grateful to all for their joining us in recognizing this historic milestone - with a special thanks to Deborah Dalziel and Chelsea Chateauvert for their help in making the performances happen.

The Tartan Day Observance recognizes and celebrates, through readings and music, National Tartan Day. In 1998 Senate Resolution 155Was passed making April 6th an annual celebration of Tartan Day.

This was followed in 2005 by House Resolution 41 and in 2008 by Presidential Proclamation from President Bush.

April 6thcommemoratesthe signing of theDeclaration of Arbroathin 1320.

Tartan Day Observance is presented by the American-Scottish Foundation.

  • DATE: Friday, April 6th, 2018 (20th Anniversary of Tartan Day)
  • TIME: 12:30pm
  • LOCATION: Bryant Park Fountain Terrace
  • TICKETS: No tickets required. The event is for all the community to enjoy.

Musical program include:

  • Hannah Read & Friends
  • Craig Weir
  • The Highland divas
  • Forest Legion Pipe Band, Canada
  • Lisa Kowalski

Tea With A Highlander Event

Join us on the Fountain Terrace of Bryant Park to hear the sound of the Pipes and Drums from some of our leading Pipe Bands as they prepare for the 18th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade.

For all the community to enjoy prior to the Parade. Come join us on the Fountain Terrace.

Presented by the American-Scottish Foundation.

  • DATE: Saturday, April 7th, 2018
  • TIME: 11:15am 1:00pm
  • LOCATION: Bryant Park, New York, NY 10018
  • TICKETS: No tickets required. The event is for all the community to enjoy prior to the Parade.

Musical program includes:

  • Shot of Scotch & Guest Dancers
  • Accrington Pipe Band
  • Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band
  • The Highland Divas
  • Atlantic Watch Pipes & Drums
  • Shamrock & Thistle

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Let us know if you'd like to march with us! If you are a Member or Friend of the ASF and wish to march with the American-Scottish Foundation please complete this form and return it to us so that we can register you as marching with ASF.
  • DATE: Saturday April 7, 2018
  • TIME: 2 PM
  • LOCATION: W 45th Street and Marches up 6th Avenue to 55th Street.
  • ASF MEMBER MEETUP TIME: 1:30 PM
  • ASF MEMBER MEETUP LOCATION: Near the Algonquin Hotel, look for ASF sign
  • TICKETS: No tickets required. But please register here.



Celebrate Scotland on the Fountain Terrace as we bring you a variety of pipe bands, singers and musicians to perform for you.

  • DATE: Sunday April 8, 2018
  • TIME: 12:30 -1:30 PM
  • LOCATION: Bryant Park
  • TICKETS: No tickets required. The event is for all the community.

Musical Program includes:

  • Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, Choir and Dancers, in honor of Eilidh MacLeod
  • Lisa Kowalski, winner of Paisley 2021 Young Artist

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The American-Scottish Foundation presents lunchtime concerts April 6th, 7th & 8th in celebration of Tartan Week and the 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade, April 7th.


Tartan Day Observance

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of National Tartan Day

In words and music with Readings from Senate Resolution & Presidential Decrees Excerpts from the Declaration of Arbroath

  • DATE: Friday April 6, 2018
  • TIME: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
  • LOCATION: Bryant Park
  • TICKETS: No tickets required. The event is for all the community.

Musical program includes:

  • Hannah Read & Friends
  • Craig Weir
  • The Highland divas
  • Forest Legion Pipe Band, Canada
  • Lisa Kowalski

Pipes & Drums on the Fountain Terrace

Hear the sound of some of our leading Pipe Bands as they prepare for the 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade.
  • DATE: Saturday April 7, 2018
  • TIME: 11:15 AM - 1 PM
  • LOCATION: Bryant Park
  • TICKETS: No tickets required. The event is for all the community.

Musical Program includes:

  • Shot of Scotch & Guest Dancers
  • Accrington Pipe Band
  • Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band
  • The Highland Divas
  • Atlantic Watch Pipes & Drums
  • Shamrock & Thistle

Scotland on the Fountain Terrace

Celebrate Scotland on the Fountain Terrace as we bring you a variety of pipe bands, singers and muscians to perform for you.
  • DATE: Sunday April 8, 2018
  • TIME: 12:30 -1:30 PM
  • LOCATION: Bryant Park
  • TICKETS: No tickets required. The event is for all the community.

Musical Program includes:

  • Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, Choir and Dancers, in honor of Eilidh MacLeod
  • Lisa Kowalski, winner of Paisley 2021 Young Artist





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