The Taste of Scotland is returning to downtown Franklin and with it comes the Tartan parade. Organizers invite anyone with Scottish heritage to march in the parade carrying their family banner. The Scottish Museum provides tartan banners and signs to carry in the parade set for Saturday, June 15. If you know you are Scottish but do not know your family, district or clan, the Museum will have a tartan research table to assist you prior to the parade.
The name of the group precedes the banner, followed by other members. Following are those signs and flags available:
Clan MacGregor will be the Honored Clan this year and will march first followed by Bell, Brown, Bruce, Buchan, Buchanan, Burnett, Cameron, Campbell, Carmichael, Chisholm, Craig, Crawford, Cumming, Davidson, Douglas, Duncan, Elliott, Farquarson, Fergueson, Fraser, Gordon, Graham, Grant, Hay, Hume, Johns(t)on, Justus, Keith(Marshall), Kennedy, Kincaid, Lamont, Leslie, Lindsay, MacBeth, Mac Ca(o)llum, MacClellan, MacDonald, MacGregor, MacKay, MacKenzie, MacKillop, MacKinnon, MacLeod (McClure) MacNaughton, MacNeil, MacQueen, MacRae, Marr, Moffitt, Napier, Ramsay, Robertson, Ross, Shaw, Stewart, Wallace and Young.
Also available are: (NC/SC) Carolina, Navy, West Point, German National, Caledonia, Montreat College and The Citadel.
New banners donated this year include Aberdeen District by Elizabeth Cabe; Perthshire District in memory of Senator Bob Carpenter; MacInnis by Barbara and Jim McInnes; Cunningham in memory of Bryant Cunningham by the Cunningham family; Montgomery in memory of Rowan Perkins by Donald and Elizabeth Waugh; Henderson in memory of Lester and Adeline Henderson by Linda Morrow; and Macpherson Dress in memory of Tony Chambers by Tom Chambers.
People are encouraged to bring their own banners. Tartan dress or casual wear is acceptable. Families are encouraged to participate. Scottish dogs with responsible handlers are encouraged. Assembly is at the parking lot at the Franklin Town Hall at 10 a.m. March will begin promptly at 10:30. The Parade drops off the Honored Guests at the Gazebo and the remaining marchers continue to Macon Bank. The route is two blocks long. Signs and banners will be retrieved by Boy Scout Troop 298.
See next week’s edition for more on the return of Franklin’s Taste of Scotland.