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For nearly 200 years, the Royal Celtic Society has been at the cutting edge of activity to support the language, literature, music and culture of the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland. The Society holds regular events for members, awards medals for excellence in music and literature and sponsors a wide range of organisations dedicated to the traditions, language and arts of the Highlands and Islands.

 
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Hay small 1The Royal Celtic Society was well represented at last month's annual New York Tartan Day parade.

The New York Tartan Day was created by statute, signed into American law by President George W Bush in 1998.  This was therefore the 20th anniversary of what has become a flagship event in the American Scottish calendar, taking its place alongside a similar occasion in Washington and the big Highland Games events of Grandfather Mountain, Stone Mountain, Smoky Mountain and many others which operate on a slightly smaller stage.

The New York Tartan Day has attracted many high profile figures from Scotland over the years, including celebrities and senior political figures, unsurprising in light of the event's core purpose of strengthening already strong ties between Scotland and the United States, both culturally and commercially.  On one memorable occasion, the Wallace Sword made the journey from Stirling to form the centrepiece of the event.  The event is customarily presided over by a Grand Marshal, on this occasion Scottish singer KT Tunstall.  The government was represented by a group of well known MSPs, led by Economy Secretary Keith Brown and Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh, whose father, the late Dr Farquhar Macintosh, was a member of the Royal Celtic Society's council for many years.

Visit Scotland's chairman, Viscount Thurso, and the Earl of Erroll, Lord High Constable of Scotland, were prominent in a week- long series of events, which culminated in the parade up the Avenue of the Americas on the afternoon of Saturday 6th April.  

Members of the Royal Celtic Society (pictured) included Jonathan Sayers, the Earl of Erroll, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh, Henry Lafayette Collins III, Alan Hay, Tom Hye and Pam Rotheroe-Hay.  They each attended in a variety of different capacities, but nonetheless ensured a Royal Celtic Society presence at this iconic event.

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