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March 10, 2013

News - Clan Currie to Celebrate Tartan Day at the South Street Seaport

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 Glenfiddich Scottish fiddle champion, Calum Pasqua and friends, the Rampant Lion Pipe Band, the New York Celtic Dancers, John the Kilted Juggler and the NYC Harp Orchestra.The program is produced by the Clan Currie Society – one of the country’s leading Scottish heritage organizations.

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 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. “After hurricane Sandy, the Seaport is in desperate need of the support, and I know this festival will help bring much needed pedestrian traffic to the area. I look forward to participating in this year’s festival and in celebrating all that Scottish culture has to offer.”

“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.”

In addition to Clan Currie, support for Tartan Day at the South Street has been made by the National Trust for Scotland - USA and New York Water Taxi.

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.

Visit www.tartandayonellisisland.com for additional information. For a complete listing of NY Tartan Week events, visit www.tartanweek.com.