Scottish surnames through my Mom include the Gordons, Robsons, Sinclairs, Mackays, Nicholsons and Moultries with home towns of Edinburgh, Dumfries, Caithness and Kircudbright, to name a few. So the pipes and drums have always captured my heart .. but 1600 of them? And dozens of Westies and a few Scotties as well? And Highland dancers? Incredible!
I photographed the New York gathering of the world wide Pipefest which was held aboard the Intrepid on August 7, 2010 .. Click here to see photos. That assignment led to this one ... It was a thrill being there, seeing all the Scotland flags, hearing the brogues, and admiring the elaborate kilts and tartans of so many different clans.
Here are a few images from the day. We were blessed with comfortable sunny weather. The parade route went ten blocks, from south to north up 6th Avenue, so you'll notice by the shadows, it was all backlit. (Click on any image to enlarge)
|These little Westies were just TOO cute with their little pink ears and button eyes!|
|This little one wore its outfit with great pride.|
|Love the back lighting on the flags. The cop holding the Scottish flag had a big smile. Click on the photo to see!|
|Clans passing Radio City Music Hall.|
|Both sides of 6th Avenue were lined with appreciative crowds.|
|All of the clans marched with great pride in the step.|
|My favorites, the Gordons .. My mother was a Gordon.|
|A kilt-wearing, flame stick juggling, happy guy.|