Doctor Who star Karen Gillan leads celebrations at NYC’s Tartan Week in a red kilt as she pays homage to her Scottish roots
Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan led the celebrations at New York City’s Tartan Week on Saturday while wearing a cropped red kilt.
The 34-year-old Scottish native paid homage to her home country in the stateside parade, sporting a Clan McQueen kilt as she stepped out as Grand Marshal of the event.
Karen waved a Scottish flag at the parade as she paired the above-the-knee kilt with a white band T-shirt, layering with a leather aviator jacket while flashing her legs, adding a pair of chunky boots.
Celebrations: Doctor Who star Karen Gillan, 34, led the celebrations at NYC’s Tartan Week in a red kilt as she paid homage to her Scottish roots
The beauty had her copper in a soft wave as she beamed for snaps at the bustling event, which was back for the first time in two years – after being postponed due to Covid-19.
The event usually takes place every year, with the 22nd Annual New York Tartan Day Parade seeing Karen joined by an abundance of tartan-clad bagpipers and drummers from the USA.
Karen, who now lives in the Los Angeles, took to Instagram to display her joy to be fronting the parade, posting a series of snaps from the day.
Missing home: The Scottish native sported a Clan McQueen kilt as she stepped out as Grand Marshal of the event
Annual: The event takes place every year, with the 22nd Annual New York Tartan Day Parade seeing Karen joined by an abundance of tartan-clad bagpipers and drummers from the USA
In the carousel of shots, Karen was seen marching in the parade with other attendees as she led the way with a banner, before stopping for a sweet pic with a fitting Scottish Terrier.
In the caption, the actress explained her joy to attend the event, writing: ‘Such an honor and an absolute BLAST to be the Grand Marshal for this years Tartan Day Parade in New York City.’ (sic)
She was joined at the day by a host of pals, posting another snap which showed a specially-made whisky that they were gifted for the occasion.
Cute! The actress stopped for a sweet pic with a fitting Scottish Terrier at the bash
Honoured; In the caption, the actress explained her joy to attend the event, writing: ‘Such an honor and an absolute BLAST to be the Grand Marshal for this years Tartan Day Parade in New York City’ (sic)
Showing gratitude, Karen wrote: ‘I got to have my best friends march with me. Most from Scotland. Some from America. One from France.
‘We were kindly gifted a bottle of whisky made especially for us! Scottish lassies won’t ever turn away a good dram’.
According to the event’s webpage, it all began in 1999, when ‘two pipe bands and a small but enthusiastic group of Scottish Americans, led by Grand Marshal and Academy Award-winning actor Cliff Robertson, marched from the British Consulate to the UN in the first New York City Tartan Day Parade.
Traditional: Karen was gifted a specially-made whisky for the occasion
‘Since then, the annual NYC Tartan Day Parade has brought together thousands of people from across NYC, the United States, and Scotland by providing meaningful connections through the celebration of Scottish heritage and culture.
‘Organized by the National Tartan Day New York Committee, the Parade plays an integral role in marking National Tartan Day (April 6), a day declared by the U.S. Senate in 1998 to officially recognize the “outstanding achievements and contributions made by Scottish Americans to the United States.”
The parade featured a giant Loch Ness Monster float, a legend which hails from Inverness – Karen’s hometown.
But the parade was just one of the many events held in New York last week for the Scottish celebrations, as on Wednesday, Edinburgh-born Tony Singh, who has been awarded an MBE, treated the city to a host of Scottish cuisine.
Mythical: The parade featured a giant Loch Ness Monster float, with onlookers gazing on the sidelines