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    Alexndria Scottish Christmas Walk

    A few pics I took of this weekend's Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk. Here's my group and mixture of Kin; MacCallums & Malcolms, Kith; a friend from the Scottish Society of Fredericksburg AND




    XMarker Geoff Withnell! and his wife Michelle.




    Earlier, I saw Xmarkers Allen and Nancy Sinclair




    Sir Williams came by . . .




    and later I took a pic of him, too with his Appin Re-enactors Unit.



    The Donnachaidhs were two units behind us and XMarker Thistle & Harp came to chat with me.

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    And a few random pics I took before the Parade began.











    It's always an enjoyable time no matter the weather. The rain held off till the parade started. And between our Ho's, Ho's Ho's and Merry Christmas; Geoff would yell out to the crowds along the street, "Are you enjoying this Scottish weather?" Which was answered with enthusiastic clapping and hardy YESes! Afterwards we meet up with the Donnachaidhs and Wallaces at the Fish Market for lunch and libations!
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    Great pics, Ern! Thanks for posting them.

    I don't understand the concept of people dressing up in Star Wars and fantasy costumes for a "Scottish walk". Is there some other aspect to this event that encourages comic-con type costumes? Or do people just consider it an open invitation to dress absurdly?

    It's frustrating that other cultural celebrations don't have to contend with this sort of mockery. When I see German heritage celebrations in my area (Oktoberfest, Wurstfest, and the like), nobody dresses up like Star Wars characters in lederhosen. When they have Mexican cultural celebrations here, nobody dons a Stormtrooper outfit with a sombrero. It would be considered insulting. But for Scottish celebrations, these kooks come out of the woodwork as if Scottish culture and dress is already absurd enough that they can pile on with every ridiculous outfit they can think of. Why?

    I'm particularly interested in the last photo in your 2nd post. Were these reenactors? I see quite a mixture of different military units and levels of uniforms. Who was this group? And more importantly, does anyone know where they got those khaki spats?

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    Here I am with Clan Guthrie USA. For anybody that missed us, we were the wee lot marching after Clan Donald. What we lack in numbers we make up for with enthusiasm! I'm just sorry my wife couldn't make it. I know she would have had a blast, rain or no rain.

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    That's me on the right, trying my best to look presentable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobus View Post
    Great pics, Ern! Thanks for posting them.

    I don't understand the concept of people dressing up in Star Wars and fantasy costumes for a "Scottish walk". Is there some other aspect to this event that encourages comic-con type costumes? Or do people just consider it an open invitation to dress absurdly?

    It's frustrating that other cultural celebrations don't have to contend with this sort of mockery. When I see German heritage celebrations in my area (Oktoberfest, Wurstfest, and the like), nobody dresses up like Star Wars characters in lederhosen.
    I agree with you, most likely this characters have not a drop of Scottish blood running through them. They just like the attention of being strange. Even in my own Clan, members showed up with blue war paint on the faces, wearing totally absurd imitations of Braveheart. Of course you have the others wearing Claymores on their backs, three dirks around their waist and a basket sword on a baldric in a great kilt with medals.....to each his own. I rather be their honoring my family and ancestry then trying to audition for a Hollywood Movie...just saying, don't mean to hurt feelings, but I much rather put things in perspective, it makes our ancestry look comical and I personally find this insulting. Just glad Jock is not over here to see this mockery.

    On a very lighter nots sorry Ern I missed you, busy organizing the Donald Color Guard. Had some work to do on flagpoles and other such items. Maybe next time, great photos shame it was so wet, but as I stated in another post the warmth of the Scottish heart and enthusiasm far out did the bone chilling rain.....CHEERS>
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    Allan Collin MacDonald III
    Grandfather - Clan Donald, MacDonald (Clanranald) /MacBride, Antigonish, NS, 1791
    Grandmother - Clan Chisholm of Strathglass, West River, Antigonish, 1803
    Scottish Roots: Knoidart, Inverness, Scotland, then to Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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    great shots

    looked like a fun time

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    Not that Ren Faires are bastions of historical accuracy but I think they are partially to blame. I see schedules every year that feature some variation of a time travelers weekend where folks dress in Star Trek, Star Wars or Dr. Who costumes to attend a supposedly medieval event. After Hollywood took the liberties they did with Braveheart and with Highlander variations on attempts at kilt wearing became common at sci-fi conventions. I think this has now come full circle into sci-fi costumes showing up at Scottish events.

    As an aside, Robert O'Riely who played the Klingon leader Gowron on various Star Trek shows was at a convention in Germany and realized he forgot his pants (he was appearing in costume) So he borrowed something from a local and appeared in his Klingon uniform from the waist up and Lederhosen from the waist down.

    Not defending these things, as I don't really get them either but at least it might be an explanation.

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