- March 13th 2015
Barbour is sponsoring the Scottie and Westie dogs in this year’s Tartan Day Parade in New York on Saturday 11 April 2015 in celebration of its Scottish roots.
A number of the Scottie and Westie dogs marching in the parade will be selected to wear Barbour tartan coats making a colourful spectacle as they walk down 6th Avenue with their owners. Barbour will also judge the dogs before the Parade, choosing the best dog overall, best male and best female with prizes for both dogs and their owners.
Barbour was founded in 1894 by John Barbour, a Scotsman from Galloway in the Borders of Scotland. John Barbour came to South Shields in the North East of England to set up the first Barbour store but the company has never forgotten its Scottish roots and celebrates them through its renowned and exclusive tartans. Based on the Ayrshire District Tartan, the Barbour tartans today are used in jacket linings, knitwear, shirts, polo shirts, accessories and dog coats making Barbour products instantly recognisable. The colours in the tartans reflect the colour image of the iconic Barbour wax jackets with the main base colours of navy, olive and sandstone alongside gold/white/red overcheck lines – colours which are timeless and versatile.
The annual Tartan Parade takes place at 2.00pm at W45th Street and marches up 6th Avenue to 55th Street. In 1998 the U.S. Senate declared April 6 to be National Tartan Day to recognize the contributions made by Scottish-Americans to the United States. In 1999, two pipe bands and a small but enthusiastic group of Scottish Americans marched from the British Consulate to the UN. Today 17 years on, the Parade includes hundreds of pipers, thousands of marchers and many more thousands cheering from the sidelines.
For further information visit www.nyctartanweek.org