It’s early in the morning and all around the highland dance platform, dancers are getting their hair fixed, nervously warming up, and taking in last minute advice from their teachers. Within the larger highland games, we’re often in our own little world.
Nearby, the sound of a hundred bagpipers fills the air, punctuated by cheers from the crowd as men toss logs the size of telephone poles. The scent of meat pies, roast corn, and other tasty treats being prepared for the lunchtime rush wafts across the field. Each year thousands of people enjoy attending highland games in the United States. They come for the food, the cultural celebration, the music, the athletics, as well as the dancing.
Next time your siblings, grandparents, and friends want to tag along to support you, encourage them to come and watch, and then to take part in the children’s athletics, the kilted mile, whiskey tasting, or whatever excites them.
Have you been to a big Highland Games? One with thousands of people and activities from morning to night? Tell us about your favorite part (besides the dancing, of course) in the comments!
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featuring highland dancers from across New England
video by Charlotte Pierce
If you happened to be visiting Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston on August 13th, you might’ve heard the sound of bagpipes filling the air. Two bagpipers marched along followed by two dancers, stopping in front of Quincy Market. As the show started, more and more dancers joined in the flash mob, until nearly 30 dancers filled the courtyard with a sea of plaid. Some wore plaid shorts, vests, blouses; all with smiles and a great impromptu display of dancing.
Later that afternoon, the flash mob made a second appearance at Boston’s Public Garden:
video by ACTVAuburn
Dancing alongside the famous swan boats and manicured gardens, they entertained locals and tourists alike. Highland dancers from all over New England participated in the flash mob, traveling from as far away as New Hampshire and Connecticut. We hope you enjoy this video as much as we do!
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