Wednesday, February 17, 2016

“Outlander” Star Sam Heughan Named Grand Marshal Of The 2016 NY Tartan Day Parade!

By Kyle Dawson, Tartan Week News

Photo courtesy of Starz
New York, NY, February 16, 2016 – Today the National Tartan Day New York Committee announced that Scottish actor Sam Heughan, will be the Grand Marshal in the 2016 New York Tartan Day Parade which will take place on Saturday, April 9th.

Sam is best known for his role as the 18th Century Scottish Highlander Jamie Fraser in the STARZ hit series “Outlander.” The series is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). “Outlander” is currently filming Season Two on location in Scotland which will premiere on STARZ April 9th, at 9pm ET/PT.

Heughan says, “As Grand Marshal of the New York Tartan Day parade 2016, I am honored and proud to serve the city and its ancestral ties. I love the city, the people, and the vibe. Please join me in toasting all who live and visit there with a whisky and a toast!”

“Address to New York” – As quoted from the celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

“Thy sons, Yankies, social, kind,
With open arms the stranger hail;
Their views enlarg’d, their liberal mind,
Above the expansive, city vale.
Thy daughters bright thy walks adorn,
Gay as the gilded summer sky,
Pioneers, Citizens, Bronx or Hudson Born,
Thy island strikes the adorning eye.

New York! Scotia’s family seat,
All hail thy palaces and towers,
Where once a year, Scotch Monarchs meet,
And March,
Honored on America’s avenue of powers.”

Heughan joins the illustrious alumni who have led the Parade, including Sir Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, Cliff Robertson, Brian Cox, Kevin McKidd, and most recently in 2015, fellow Outlander star Graham McTavish.

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