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Scottish Christmas Walk Draws 30,000 Holiday Revelers

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Dec 09,2010
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,
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Photo by John Arundel <br /> <br />Santa, in kilt, marching in Saturday's Scottish Walk Christmas Parade in Old Town.
Photo by John Arundel
Santa, in kilt, marching in Saturday's Scottish Walk Christmas Parade in Old Town.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - For the 40th consecutive year, the Campagna Center's Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade had something for just about everyone -- in a kilt or not -- last Friday and Saturday.
 
Holiday revelers enjoyed the various scotches provided at the Taste of Scotland on Friday evening at the George Washington Masonic Temple.
 

Photo by John Arundel <br /> <br />The Kilt Band of York, marching Saturday.
Photo by John Arundel
The Kilt Band of York, marching Saturday.

The kiddies took in a Tea Party. Harried homeowners loved the opportunity to grab some fresh greens at the Heather & Greens Sale. Lookie loos took advantage of the Tour of Homes to sneak a peek at a few of Old Town's most magnificent abodes, adorned in all of their Holiday glory.

The Junior Friends of The Campagna Center organize the event every year on a volunteer basis, with Junior Friends Nicole Duncan and Katherine Murphy serving as 2010 Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend Co-Chairs. The two oversaw nine subcommittee and their members in the planning of the weekend. "Together with another 60 Junior Friends, they volunteered in nearly 200 shifts over a three-day period," said Adrienne Fox Luscombe, the Junior Friends Chair ex-Officio and a member of the The Campagna's Board of Directors. "It cannot be overstated how critical the Junior Friends organization is to planning and orchestrating this multi-event fundraising weekend.

Over 30,000 spectators took in the annual parade, complete with more than 100 Scottish Clans, pipe and drum bands, Scottish dancers, re-enactment groups, Scottie dog groups, dignitaries and Santa Claus.

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead served as Grand Marshal and led the parade through the streets of Old Town, after saving the parade with a $10,000 gift to the Campagna Center to make it all happen. He was joined on the dais by outgoing Campagna Center President Karen Hughes, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and former Sen. John W. Warner and his wife Jeanne.
 
Hughes will be leaving the Campagna Center later this week to take a new job at a non-profit in Dallas. A search firm has been hired to find a replacement for Hughes, who has led the Campagna Center for five years.
 

Photo by John Arundel <br /> <br />Sen. John Warner and his wife Jeanne, with Richard Lochhead.
Photo by John Arundel
Sen. John Warner and his wife Jeanne, with
Richard Lochhead.

This was the 40th year that the Campagna Center hosted the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade, and this year, the Center partnered with the Scottish Government as a premier sponsor to celebrate this honored tradition.

In addition to the Scots, the St. Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C. also partnered with the Campagna Center and the city of Alexandria to sponsor the annual parade.

All of The Campagna Center's Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend events, with the exception of the Parade and the Holiday Designer Tour of Homes, were held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

The Scottish Christmas Walk is consistently ranked by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the top 20 events in the South, drawing nearly 30,000 individuals and families to the Parade from all over.

The Campagna Center's Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade is the largest fundraising activity for The Campagna Center whose programs help children in Alexandria in many different ways.

Later in the evening, Supporting Friends of the Campagna Center hosted their second annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend "Wrap Party." This new event, created by Bridget Weaver, the Campagna Center's Supporting Friends co-chair, honors the Scottish Walk committee and gives them a chance to relax and let others do the work.

Photo by John Arundel    <br /> <br />Even doggies wore kilts.
Photo by John Arundel
Even doggies wore kilts.

Burke & Herbert Bank's Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, also a popular Holiday event, was also held that Saturday.

Bob Madigan, WTOP’s “Man About Town”, was the celebrity emcee for the parade, announcing over 50 brightly lit powerboats and sailboats led by the Vigilant, Alexandria’s fireboat, as they cruised down the Potomac River from DC to Alexandria, fully decked out in lights and holiday décor.
 
New this year for the 11th Annual Burke & Herbert Boat Parade of Lights, Alexandria-based RedPeg Marketing joined the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association and the Washington Waterfront Association to produce the parade and dockside festivities.

With the support of RedPeg’s event planning expertise, there was an increased focus on the pre-parade dockside experience as a destination itself.  

Revelers enjoyed free photos with Santa after he arrived by fireboat, and free holiday treats including Ben & Jerry’s hot chocolate and cookies from Alexandria’s Whole Foods.
 
Free dog treats were provided by Barkley Square Gourmet Dog Bakery & Boutique. Montgomery College Singers and the Braddock Brass Quintet entertained crowds as part of the Annual Holiday Revue. Yogi Bear and Boo Boo from Warner Bros. made a special appearance in celebration of the new Yogi Bear movie coming out in December. The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots collected toys at the event.

“While RedPeg services a national and international clientele, we saw this as a fantastic way to support our own Alexandria community,” said Garrett O’Shea, Executive Vice President of RedPeg Marketing.

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead, the parade's Grand Marshal, with outgoing Campagna Center President and CEO Karen Hughes, who leaves her post Friday.
Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Richard
Lochhead, the parade's Grand Marshal, with
outgoing Campagna Center President and CEO
Karen Hughes, who leaves her post Friday.

Stephanie Pace Brown, the CEO & President of the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association added, “We are so pleased to have RedPeg on board for the boat parade. It’s a treasured holiday tradition on a weekend full of excitement for Alexandria.”

The Campagna Center is located at 418 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. They can be reached at 703-549-0111 or by visiting www.campagnacenter.org.

To view a slide show of Scottish Walk Christmas Parade, click here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/john_arundel/sets/72157625556239516/show/

Photo by John Arundel <br /> <br />Daniel Fannon leads the bell ringers for the Salvation Army.
Photo by John Arundel
Daniel Fannon leads the bell ringers for the
Salvation Army.


Photo by John Arundel <br /> <br />Dancing in the streets. <br />
Photo by John Arundel
Dancing in the streets.


Photo by John Arundel<br /> <br />Mayor Bill Euille and City Manager Jim Hartmann, with Hartmann's wife Cindy.
Photo by John Arundel
Mayor Bill Euille and City Manager Jim
Hartmann, with Hartmann's wife Cindy.


Photo by John Arundel <br /> <br />City Councilman Frank Fannon marches in the Parade.
Photo by John Arundel
City Councilman Frank Fannon marches in
the Parade.


Photo by John Arundel <br /> <br />Santa takes it all in.
Photo by John Arundel
Santa takes it all in.






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