Good afterbnoon everyone! Gina and I had a very entertaining weekend at the 2013 Celtic Classic. Thousands came out for their 25th year of providing a great festival of Celtic heritage. Gina and I were kilted for the occasion. I might add a picture on that the next time. The Celtic Classic featured babpipe competitions, the 2013 Highland Games, a Highland Dance Competition, a night of comedy, a youth fiddle competition, whickey tasting and so much more.
There were bands performing each day, tons of different foods to sample including fried haggis, and a slew of vendors providing Celtic merchandise for every age range. Both Scotland and Ireland were represented to each country’s fullest. It really was a fun time had by all. There was entertainment around every corner for every age group. From the Tartan Parade to learning to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, there was something for everyone. That is, if you were not getting pissed at the Jameson Irish Pub they had set up.
The official start of the Celtic Classic came with the Tartan Parade on Saturday. Everyone lined the parade route to get a glimpse of the pipe bands and O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance who had over 100 dancers. Actually, one could hear them coming even before you could see them. The final band of the parade had so many members, it reminded me of the wooden soldiers in the Laurel & Hardy classic “March of the Wooden Soldiers“. The only item missing was Mickey Mouse in a blimp.
Here is the Tartan Parade in its fullest. Later in the week I will have highlights from the bagpipe competition and the Highland Games. I may have some surprises in there as well regarding other footage from the Celtic Classic. So for now, enjoy the parade!!