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March 6, 2013
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New York Tartan Week to Open at South Street Seaport
Annual Ellis Island Celebration Moves to Lower Manhattan
New York, NY – – “Tartan Day at the South Street Seaport” will officially open New York Tartan Week on Saturday, March 30. The program will run from 11 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. The program is offered to the public free-of-charge. Performers at the event include the Rampant Lion Pipe Band, John the Kilted Juggler, the New York Celtic Dancers and the NYC Harp Orchestra.
The program is produced by the Clan Currie Society – one of the country’s leading Scottish heritage organizations. The Seaport event opens NY Tartan Week – a two-week festival of all things Scottish, including a Scottish fashion show, whisky tastings, and a parade featuring pipe bands, clans and Scottish dogs. Usually held on Ellis Island, the 2013 event has been temporarily relocated to Pier 17 at the Seaport due to ongoing Hurricane Sandy repairs.
For Society president and Tartan Day producer Robert Currie, the move to the South Street Seaport is fortuitous. “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing our Tartan Week program to the beautiful South Street Seaport. Like Ellis Island, the Seaport also sustained damage during Superstorm Sandy but has been fortunate to remain open. We’re delighted to help draw the public back to this Lower Manhattan historic gem.”
The Tartan Day event serves as an important reminder that the Seaport – home to a whole host of unique shops and restaurants as well as the South Street Seaport Museum – is open for business.
“I want to thank the Clan Currie Society for holding this year’s Tartan Day festival in the South Street Seaport,” City Council Member Margaret Chin said.“We’re glad that our program can help drive visitors to the Seaport,” said Currie. “It’s just one of many ways the Clan Currie Society has taken action to provide support in response to Hurricane Sandy.”
The Clan Currie Society is a founding member of the New York Tartan Week Alliance, the official body coordinating many of the anchor events of NY Tartan Week including, the “From Scotland with Love” fashion show and charity fundraiser, the popular “Whisky Live” scotch tasting evening, and the “Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures” dinner hosted by the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA.
Support for Tartan Day at the South Street Seaport has been generously provided by the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA and NY Water Taxi.
Visit www.tartandayonellisisland.com for additional information. For a complete listing of NY Tartan Week events, visit www.tartanweek.com.
The Clan Currie Society is a member of the NY Tartan Week Alliance.
The official coordinator of anchor events which celebrate Tartan Week in New York City.