Queen Mary ScotsFestival

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    Bagpipes on Parade

    Scotsfest Scottish Festival at the Queen Mary
    ••• Scotsfest at the Queen Mary. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

     

    Every year the Queen Mary celebrates its own heritage with a tribute festival to the land of its birth, Scotland. The Queen Mary ScotsFestival, showcases Scottish food, music, crafts, highland dancing, historic reenactments and lots of men in kilts. You can compete in the Dart Tournament or Haggis Eating Contest and Scotch whisky tasting.

    There are modified Highland Games - I love those men in kilts throwing cabers - as well as the sheep herding competition. There are also performances by LA's favorite Celtic folk and Scots Rock bands.

    Special hotel packages are available including admission for the event if you want to stay on the ship.

    The event takes place February 18-19, 2017. Admission includes a self-guided ship tour and Ghosts and Legends special effects show. Get more information and tickets at www.QueenMary.com.

    Queen Mary Visitors Guide
    Queen Mary Ghost Hunting

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    Drummers on Parade

    Drummers on Parade at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Drummers on Parade at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    A highlight of the Queen Mary ScotsFestival is the Grand Parade of Clans against the regal backdrop of the historic ocean liner. The parade includes multiple bands of bagpipers and drummers, and clans dressed in their tartans and bearing their clan banner.

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    Queen Mary Scottish Festival

    Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• The Bagpipe Brigade at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    The Bagpipe Brigade at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Bagpipes at Attention

    Bagpipes at attention at the at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Bagpipes at attention at the at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Bagpipes at attention at the at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Clan Colors

    Clan colors at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Clan colors at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Clan colors at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Parade of the Clans

    Parade of the Clans at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Parade of the Clans at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    Hisotric reenactors participate in the Grand Parade of Clans at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Parade of the Clans

    Parade of the Clans at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Parade of the Clans at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Parade of the Clans at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Parade of the Clans

    Parade of the Clans at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Parade of the Clans at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Parade of the Clans at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    The Highland Games

    The Highland Games at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• The Highland Games at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    The stone put, the weight throw and the caber toss are a few of the Highland Games at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Dancing

    Highland Dancing at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Highland Dancing at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    Highland Dancing takes place in the salons abourd the ship at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Highland Dancing

    Highland Dancing at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Highland Dancing at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    There is both demonstration Highland Dancing and social dancing at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Vendor Booths

    Vendor Booths at the at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Vendor Booths at the at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    Vendor Booths sell all kinds of Scottish and other Celtic wares  at the at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Celtic Bags

    Vendor Booths at the at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Celtic Bags for sale at the at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    The Irish are also represented at the at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Scottish Clan Tartans

    Scottish Clan Tartans at the at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Scottish Clan Tartans at the at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    Scottish Clan Tartans come in a variety of forms from socks and neck ties to kilts and sashes at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Kilt Vendor

    A kilt vendor at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• A kilt vendor at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    A kilt vendor displays his goods at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Scottish Figurines

    Scottish figurines at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Scottish figurines at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    There are all kinds of Scottish souvenirs that you can appreciate even if you have no Scottish heritage, such as these Scottish figurines for sale at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival.

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    Knights and Castle

    Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Model of knights and a castle for sale at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    Model of knights and a castle for sale at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Dance Shoes

    Trying on dance shoes at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Trying on dance shoes at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    If you're considering taking up Highland or other celtic dancing, you can have the perfect dance shoes fitted at the vendor fair at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Historic Reenactors

    Historic Reenactors at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Historic Reenactors at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    Historic Reenactors set up encampmets at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Authors' Corner

    Authors' Corner at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Authors' Corner at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Authors' Corner at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA

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    Men of Worth

    Men of Worth at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival
    ••• Men of Worth at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

     

    The traditional music of Men of Worth is a favortie at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach, CA