Queen Mary ScotsFestival

Scotsfest Scottish Festival at the Queen Mary

Kayte Deioma

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.

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Drummers on Parade

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

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