Every year the city of Alexandria Virginia has a Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. A sea of tartan colors, kilts, dogs, cars and fists full of candy await those willing to brave the cold weather and get out and see the parade. This video captures some of the highlights of the parade. Family clans participate in the parade making one wonder if they all got a along or were enemies in the past.
Many of the Scottish clansmen parade with their bagpipes through Old Town Alexandria as well as more formal bands locally and from cities as far away as New York. This very family-friendly holiday event is a traditional favorite of the community and a great day for travelers to spend the day exploring the charming historic town.
So why a Scottish Christmas parade you ask? In 1749, the city of Alexandria was officially established by three Scottish merchants. The city is also named after the founder John Alexander, who is of Scottish descent. Today, the city continues celebrating its heritage with a weekend of festivities including a tour of historic homes, a children’s tea party, a Celtic Concert and a Christmas Marketplace and Café.
Travelers to Washington D.C. in December should check their arriaval dates to see if this coincides with their planned trip. The parade is in the morning followed by other holiday events that culminate with a parade of boats on the Potomac river. Alexandria VA is accesible from Washington via subway (Metro) or a short cab or Uber ride.
Finally in case you were wondering, yes Santa does show up. This year Darth Vader did as well...hmm