Date(s): July 1, 2015
Location: Pugwash, Nova Scotia,
Event URL: Link to website
Maritimers love to party and Pugwash is no exception. Canada Day, July 1st, kicks off our summer of parties with the Gathering of the Clans. This event is the first Highland celebration of the season. It is a party, Scottish style, with piping, drumming, highland dancing, highland games, artisans, midway, concerts, food and artisan vendors and stupendous fireworks display at dusk.
The Grand Parade winds its way along streets lined with throngs of people. We fill our parade with pipe and drum bands, floats, fire trucks, clowns, horses and surprises. Early in the morning, local and international highland dancers take to the Eaton Park stage for ScotDance sanctioned competitions. Lovers of Pipes and Drums will enjoy the ACPBA sanctioned competitions on the grounds of the national historic site, Thinkers' Lodge. At the Cyrus Eaton Elementary School, steely muscled men dressed in their kilts, toss the caber and compete in other highland games. Many of these competitors are Canadian and international champions at their sport.