Crowds lined Sixth Avenue for the annual Tartan Day Parade on Saturday, April, 2012. The clans gathered on 44th and 45th Street and marched up Sixth Avenue to 57th Street on a bright and clear April morning.

Tartan Day was made official by a resolution of the U.S. Senate:

Whereas April 6 has a special significance for all Americans, and especially those Americans of Scottish descent, because the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, was signed on April 6, 1320 and the American Declaration of Independence was modelled on that inspirational document;

Whereas this resolution honors the major role that Scottish Americans played in the founding of this Nation, such as the fact that almost half of the signers of the Declaration of ndependence were of Scottish descent, the Governors in 9 of the original 13 States were of Scottish ancestry, Scottish Americans successfully helped shape this country in its formative years and guide this Nation through its most troubled times;

Whereas this resolution recognizes the monumental achievements and invaluable contributions made by Scottish Americans that have led to America's preeminence in the fields of science, technology, medicine, government, politics, economics, architecture, literature, media, and visual and performing arts;

Whereas this resolution commends the more than 200 organizations throughout the United States that honor Scottish heritage, tradition, and culture, representing the hundreds of thousands of Americans of Scottish descent, residing in every State, who already have made the observance of Tartan Day on April 6 a success;

Whereas these numerous individuals, clans, societies, clubs, and fraternal organizations do not let the great contributions of the Scottish people go unnoticed:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate designates April 6 of each year as "National Tartan Day."

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Piper from the US Naval Academy

Canadian Pipers from Calgary tune their

Bearded Piper has his pipes tuned

Young smiling spectator at the 2012 Tartan Day Parade

The 2012 Tartan Day Parade heads up Sixth Avenue in New York City

Drum Majors await the start of the 2012 Tartan Day Parade in New York City

A West Highland Terrier sings along with the pipers

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