If you are any where near New York City this week, then definitely try to attend some of the Tartan Day Festivities.

Here are a few brief mentions of the many events planned: National Tartan Day on Ellis Island; Scotland Village; Scotland Run; The US debut of Runrig; Whiskey Live; Tartan Army Football Match; Pre-Parade Ceilidh; Kirkin of the Tartan.

Check out all major http://www.tartanweek.com/TartanEvents_interface/ScottishEvents/results_page.asp~events for the week!

Of special note is the Post Parade http://www.tartanweek.com/NewYork/party.htm~Party at Stout NYC - 133 West 33rd Street with 3 floors and 3 bands for a nominal fee of $10 for all pipers, drummers and clans. With high ceilings and cobble stone floors, the fortress-like Stout accommodates 700 people. Featuring our favorites: http://www.barleyjuice.com/~Barleyjuice, Peat Bog http://www.peatbogfaeries.com/~Faeries, http://www.scocha.co.uk/~Scocha and special guests!

All of these excellent Cultural events can partly be attributed to the recognization of Tartan Day by the United States Senate Resolution 155 which states:

Whereas April 6 has a special significance for all Americans, and especially those Americans of Scottish descent, because the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, was signed on April 6, 1320 and the American Declaration of Independence was modelled on that inspirational document;

Whereas this resolution honors the major role that Scottish Americans played in the founding of this Nation, such as the fact that almost half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent, the Governors in 9 of the original 13 States were of Scottish ancestry, Scottish Americans successfully helped shape this country in its formative years and guide this Nation through its most troubled times;

Whereas this resolution recognizes the monumental achievements and invaluable contributions made by Scottish Americans that have led to America's preeminence in the fields of science, technology, medicine, government, politics, economics, architecture, literature, media, and visual and performing arts;

Whereas this resolution commends the more than 200 organizations throughout the United States that honor Scottish heritage, tradition, and culture, representing the hundreds of thousands of Americans of Scottish descent, residing in every State, who already have made the observance of Tartan Day on April 6 a success;

Whereas these numerous individuals, clans, societies, clubs, and fraternal organizations do not let the great contributions of the Scottish people go unnoticed:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate designates April 6 of each year as "National Tartan Day."

Happy Tartan Day!