There’s just something irresistible about the sight of kilts and tartans, and the sounds of bagpipes. And where else is that marriage between Scottish culture and place more poignant than Old Town Alexandria?
One need look no further than the first block of N. Fairfax Street, where John Carlyle’s mansion and William Ramsay’s old clapboard house share wows with Market Square. Both Scotsmen were founding fathers of the new town in 1749.
And then there’s the annual Scottish Christmas Parade that helps kick off the holiday season (a hearty cheer goes up from the town’s most important clan – the wonderful merchants!). For the last 42 years, Alexandrians have cheered on the warm up act in the heart of the historic district.
The turnout today was in the thousands, as folks lined St. Asaph and King Street to see the parade.