39th Annual Scottish Walk Kicks Off the Holiday Season in Old Town Alexandria

The 39th Annual Scottish Walk kicked off the holiday season today in Old Town Alexandria with the scent of heather and the sound of bagpipes.

Despite a bitterly cold/rainy/snowy day, crowds lined the streets of Old Town to cheer tartan clad residents, tartan clad Scottish dogs – Collies, Wolfhounds, Scotties, Westies, and Cairin Terriers – drum and bugle corps, Scottish folk dancers, elected officials, etc.  Basically, if it was Scottish it was in the parade!

Sponsored annually by the Campanga Center, the Scottish Walk Weekend is one of the center’s largest fund raising activities and a major tourist draw to Old Town.

Our favorite clan (and there are over 100) was the Hay Clan.  As they paraded they would shout out to the crowds “hey” and the crowds would shout back “hey”, going on for blocks and never missing a beat.

And our favorite dog?  Although not technically a “son of Scotland”, a Golden Retrevier who carried his stuffed sheep throughout the parade  captured out hearts.

Available for adoption through the Golden Rescue League, he was a crowd favorite.

The finale of the parade is a a mini concert by three marching bands including the St. Andrew Society, the Fairfax Deputy Sheriff’s Coalition Pipes and Drums and the Irish (?) American Band from Euclid, OH.

Cold or wet, it made no difference – it was a parade and Old Town was there to celebrate.

And so were we!  Happy Scottish Walking.

Michael