SCUGOG: Downtown Port Perry will be awash in a sea of colours on Monday, April 6, at the annual Tartan Day festivities, as Scugog celebrates its Scottish heritage.
Tartan Day celebrations began in Scugog in 2011, honouring Scotland’s independence from England following the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath on April 6, 1320.
Festivities in Scugog get underway at 2 p.m., with a parade through downtown Port Perry featuring pipers, Highland dancers, local dignitaries, including Scugog Mayor Tom Rowett and MP Erin O’Toole and a host of other revellers making their way from Reflection Park, heading east down Queen St., to Palmer Park.
“This will be the fifth year for the Tartan Day parade, and it’s grown every year, and is always a great time. Just like everyone is a little bit Irish on March 17, on April 6, everyone is at least a little Scottish,” Jan Bennett, an organizer of the Tartan Day celebrations told The Standard.
At 3 p.m., the festivities shift to the Port Perry Legion, at the corner of Old Simcoe Rd. and Bay St. for the official welcome, the Famous Scot look-a-like contest, and Highland Dancers.
The famous Scot look-a-like contest is a highlight of the event, with no limit on the era, allowing for entries ranging from William Wallace to Sean Connery to the Bay City Rollers.
“The winner last year was dressed as William Wallace, complete with the blue paint on his face like in ‘Braveheart.’ It was really something, and it’s always a lot of fun for everyone,” added Ms. Bennett.
A traditional Scottish supper is served at 4:30 p.m., at a cost of $20 per person. Entertainment from Ceildih and Scottish country dancing follows at 5:30 p.m., before the event closes with Auld Lang Syne at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at The Wee Tartan Shop, located at 177 Queen St, in downtown Port Perry or at the Port Perry Legion. For more information, call 905-985-7573.