Prepare for the Scottish Invasion! Tartan Day Celebrations in New York City – April 2-10

VisitScotland Brings the Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Scotland to Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall For a Full Week of Free Events!

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ — What do Sean Connery, Elvis Presley, Shrek, golf, whisky, Grand Central Station and more than 12 million Americans have in common? They’re all Scottish! In celebration of Tartan Day — a national holiday honoring Scotland’s rich culture — VisitScotland will invite Americans to visit when it transforms Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall into a Scottish Village with free public events April 2-10 (visit for a full list).

The US Senate designated April 6 as National Tartan Day in 1998 to honor “the outstanding contribution of millions of Scottish-Americans to our great nation.” The significance of April 6 dates back to the 1320 signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, which was used as the model for the American Declaration of Independence.

If the Tartan Week festivities whet the appetite for a trip to Scotland, VisitScotland and Continental Airlines will be giving away one free flight to Scotland each day at the Scottish Village. Visitors can also learn about Scottish festivals and events, special travel deals, and pick up free literature to help plan a trip to Scotland.

The following Vanderbilt Hall events are free and open to the public:

* Live Cooking Demonstrations, Free Samples! — Join Scottish chefs
Kevin MacGillivray of the Ballathie House Hotel and Joe Queen, a
former member of the Scottish Culinary Olympic team, as they prepare
Scottish delicacies during live daily demonstrations (4/2 at 1 and
5 pm; 4/3 at noon and 3 pm; 4/4 at noon and 5 pm; 4/5 at noon and
5 pm; 4/6 at 5 pm; 4/7 at noon; 4/8 at 5 pm; 4/9 at 4 pm; 4/10 at noon
and 4 pm)

* Live Scottish Fashion Show — Preview the newest fashions — including
purses, bags, scarves, kilts and other clothing — from Scottish
designers Howie Nicholsby and Jilli Blackwood during live fashion
shows. (4/3 at 2 and 5:45 pm; 4/4, 4/5 and 4/7 at 2 and 6 pm; 4/6 at
noon; 4/8 at 2 pm; 4/9 at 1 and 5 pm; 4/10 at 11 am and 5 pm)

* Live Music — Check out two of Scotland’s hottest Celtic-inspired
bands, Shooglenifty and the Peatbog Faeries, when they perform rocking
renditions of both Scottish classics and their own work. (4/2 at noon;
4/3 at 11 am and 6:30 pm; 4/4 – 4/8 at 1 and 6:30 pm; 4/9 at noon and
5:45 pm; 4/10 at 1 and 5:45 pm)

* Live Dance — “Off-Kilter” is a sexy and funny production that
combines dance, live music and film in celebration of Scotland’s
unique culture. (4/2 at 4 pm; 4/3 at 1 and 5 pm; 4/4 at 11 am and 3
pm; 4/5 at 11 am; 4/8 at noon and 3 pm; 4/9 at 2 and 7 pm)

* 700-Year-Old “Braveheart” Sword — For the first time in history, the
real sword of William Wallace — the legendary Scottish freedom
fighter immortalized in Mel Gibson’s 1995 movie “Braveheart” – will
leave the United Kingdom to travel abroad, in honor of the 700th
anniversary of Wallace’s death. The sword will be on display
April 2 – 6 in Vanderbilt Hall.

* Scottish Genealogy Seminars — Scotland’s leading genealogist, Cameron
Taylor will help a few of the more than 12 million Scottish-Americans
trace their roots during free one-on-one sessions (4/6 at 11 am; 4/7
at 5 pm; 4/8 at 6 pm) and one live demonstration (4/9 at 11 am).

New York City will host several other Tartan Week events throughout the week of April 2 – 10 including a parade down Sixth Avenue, Whisky Live, Dressed to Kilt charity fashion show, museum exhibits and live Scottish music throughout the city. For complete details on the Scottish Village and other events, please visit Scottish Village event times are subject to change.

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