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Barra MacNeils headlining the event playing prior to midnight
Ottawa City Hall (Outside at Marion Dewar Park)
Dec. 31, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Society’s inaugural event is set for New Year’s Eve 2012 – a Hogmanay street party at Ottawa City Hall that aims to replicate the excitement of Edinburgh’s world famous Royal Mile as the clock strikes midnight and we enter the New Year.
The Scots are known to be careful with their cash. So when we came up with the idea of a New Year’s Eve Hogmanay party at City Hall, Ottawa, we knew we had to keep the cost down. Many a mickle makes a muckle, as they say.
The result is a free, Edinburgh-style party that will have fireworks, Celtic bands, ice-skating on the Rink of Dreams, ice-sculpting, Highland dancing, Scotch-tasting. And there will be bagpipes. Music will come from local folkies Ecosse, Celtic fusion Cape Breton-style from Sprag Session and surprise special guest headline act, whose identity we’ll release closer to the big night. We’ll also have the Sons of Scotland, Glengarry, and Kemptville Legion pipe bands, the Celtic Cross Dancers and the Katharine Robinson Dancers. Did we mention it’s all free. Bring the family down to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Scotland at 7pm EST. Or hang around until midnight, enjoy a dram or a pint of McAuslan beer, hear the bells, sing Auld Lang Syne and watch the fireworks bring in the New Year. Sláinte mhath
The hope is that this event grows to become an Ottawa institution.