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Old 03-29-2008, 10:28 AM   #41
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The US media generally considers Tartan Day to be an extension of the St. Patrick's Day season. Parades, Pipe Bands, kilts, etc so soon after March 17th are all part of the same concept in their minds and they are unlikely to give it any coverage. That is why it made little sense to schedule it in early April.
Both events have become a weird hybrid that are interchangable. I am always amused at how the Irish have managed to co-opt the Highland Pipes as their own in this part of the world.
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:38 AM   #42
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April the 6th was the declaration of Arbroath.......
I suspect 1320 predates the St Paddies day thing
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Old 03-30-2008, 04:53 AM   #43
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Hi everyone,
Arrived in NYC this morning at 3am after a nightmare journey with the former 'world's favourite airline'!
The RHCP have a quite a few different events from full concerts with the full band to parades with just the original 5 this week in NYC - if anybody is about then it would be great to see you at them.
Our full list of gigs in New York is on our website www.redhotchillipipers.com

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Old 04-01-2008, 11:17 AM   #44
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Well I can't wait to jump on the plane this Friday and take the short hop down to NY. It is one of the things I enjoy about living in Nova Scotia now. In the old days I had to care about the politics and the 'rights and wrongs' of the Tartan Day Parade. Now I can just take part and enjoy myself. It is a great relief just to be able to see the parade that way. See you in the St Andrew's Joe and the others. I too shall be near the Tennants Tap.
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:07 PM   #45
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WHAT politics and rights and wrongs exactly???

I only ask this question as an ignorant and uninformed brit. This is because we in the UK STILL only read about tartan days. Many, such as myself, have NEVER participated.

Lady Judy McAlpine was one person who brought YOU and the Tartan Day concept to my attention a few years ago aswhe wished to encourage me to take a band across to NYC to participate. Now I am assembling a band which would be capable of doing the event and the socialisation justice
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Pity YOU do not appear to be directly involved anymore....
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:09 AM   #47
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Hi John,

Just talking about all the arguments that seem to be raging on here as to who should be organising it, what date it should be on, do we use the right route etc.

It is great no longer to have to worry about that sort of thing and just to be able to take part as a player.

Just a little historical background for everyone as to why it happens where and when it does.

In 2000 after the parade for Marie Curie Cancer Care in Edinburgh, Magnus Orr and I were asked to take the idea to New York. We got in touch with the various Scottish Organisations in NY and the NYPD Pipes & Drums. We were not wedded to any particular date but liked the idea of it being in mid-town, as this was going to be a one-off parade that was aiming to draw global attention.

There are very few weekends in the Calendar when parades can actually take place in mid-town Manhattan, as there are so many already.

We were also advised that the American Scottish Foundation already ran a small pipe band parade around Tartan Day. Following everyone's advice it was decided to wed the two for a one off occasion. The alternative date would have been around St Andrews Day. This would have been just as cold and would have got very close to Thanksgiving. The summer was out, because we would not have been able to get so many bands to travel from Scotland, due to the competition season.

The following year, we were asked to repeat the excercise and what had been a small local parade became a multi-thousand participant annual event. It was at that stage that it seemed senseless (as has been pointed out previously on this thread) that it should be organised out of an office in Edinburgh, so control was handed over to the Tartan Day Committee in New York.

The fact that such a large parade happens on that route, on that date and the website is hosted by a company based in Edinburgh is therefore just rather an accident in history, rather than any preplanned idea.

It has however remained one of my favourite parades to take part in, partly because I know I will run in to a lot of friends, partly because there is always fun to be had before and after and partly because it gives me a great excuse to visit one of the great cities in the world. I can not wait to get there again on Friday!

All the best

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Old 04-02-2008, 07:48 AM   #48
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Thanks Thomas for the background. This will be my first year participating although I've been an observer for years and have always enjoyed it. I want to welcome all the visiting out of towners to this great city and we do know how to throw a party here. Enjoy and have a great time and if you see a guy with a shaved head and a Masonic badge on his glengary say hello.
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To help address the problem that you highlight - are you willing to join the committee to help out?

The more P&D input the better!

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Old 04-04-2008, 09:00 AM   #50
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You're all arriving just in time to enjoy our delightful early April wind and rain, as usual.
Hope you brought your Inverness capes!
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