A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 06, 2006
Tartan Day Parade
Scotland has been late to the New York City list of ethnic parades. The first "Tartan Day Parade" was held only recently, in 1999. Certainly, it's no match for the traditional St. Patrick's Day Parade, where the entire city seemingly turns Irish.

New York City has a long Scottish heritage, far disproportionate to its Tartan Day Parade (slowly growing in influence).

New York Tartan Day Parade
6th Avenue, New York City - April 8, 2006

Registered parade participants are required to check-in at 45th Street and 6th Avenue no later than 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 8th.

The New York National Tartan Day Committee is pleased to announce that Brigadier Melville Stewart Jameson CBE DL, Director of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, has graciously accepted the committee's offer to be Grand Marshal of the 8th Annual Tartan Day Parade.

2 April 1999, New York Times, pg. E41:
"FIRST TARTAN DAY FRIENDSHIP PARADE," midtown Manhattan. A celebration of Scottish heritage. Begins tomorrow at 9 A.M. at 51st Street and Third Avenue; travels to 52d Street and Second Avenue and proceeds down Second Avenue to 42d Street; then heads east to First Avenue to Ralph Bunch Park where a ceremony will be held. Sponsored by the American-Scottish Foundation, a non-profit organization, and Tennent's Lager.

4 April 1999, New York Times, pg. 23:
Tartan Day Parade Makes Humble Debut

Scottish-Americans in New York Seek More Visibility With a March
Even yesterday, at what was billed as the first annual Tartan Day Parade, Scottish-Americans displayed a modesty rarely witnessed in the boisterous, quarrelsome world of New York City national-day parade organizers.

The whole Scottish march, which started at the British Consulate on 51st Street and Third Avenue and ended 10 blocks away, across from the United Nations on First Avenue, lasted 30 minutes.

Only about 100 people showed up, one-third of them musicians from the Emerald Society, a fraternal organization for police officers of Irish roots, and an additional 20 or so who work for the Chicago-based beer distributor that sponsored the parade.

The Scottish-Americans did not disrupt the city by marching on the street. Laden with bagpipes, they kept politely to the sidewalk.

Posted by Barry Popik
Holidays/Events/Parades • Thursday, April 06, 2006 • Permalink

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