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Bagpipers, Runners In Kilts Will Be In Central Park In Honor Of National Tartan Day

(credit: New York Tartan Day via Facebook.com)

(credit: New York Tartan Day via Facebook.com)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Bagpipe and kilts are expected to be all the rage at Central Park this weekend as Scottish Americans celebrate their tartan roots in New York City.

A 10-kilometer show of Scottish solidarity on Saturday is expected to bring out thousands of runners. It will be followed by a festival celebrating that country’s culture.

The event kicks off a week of festivities in honor of National Tartan Day, a national holiday in honor of Americans of Scottish descent. The holiday was celebrated on Friday.

The festivities will include both cultural and whiskey-themed events.

And there’s a parade April 14, replete with hundreds of bagpipes and drummers.

Tartan Week organizers say about 340,000 Scottish-Americans live in the city.

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