Local band to participate in pipe & drum parade in NYC

Local band to participate in pipe & drum parade in NYC


Members of the City of Rockford Pipe Band will join pipers and drummers from all over the world as they take part in the largest pipe band and display of kilts ever, when they gather in New York City on April 6 to march in ScottishPower Tunes of Glory (www.pipefest.com). To date, more than 7,000 pipers are registered from 48 states and 25 countries, with a goal of 10,000 marchers expected to participate.

ScottishPower, one of the world’s largest utilities operating in six Western U.S. states as Pacific Power and Utah Power, is the title sponsor. VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism agency, is co-sponsor of the pipe parade, which will span 36 city blocks up Sixth Avenue to Central Park and benefit cancer organizations on both sides of the Atlantic: U.S.-based Gilda’s Club Worldwide and the Scottish branch of UK-based Marie Curie Cancer Care. DeWar’s Finest Scotch Whisky is also participating.

“I am delighted to extend my greetings to pipers and pipe bands around the world as we look forward to ScottishPower Tunes of Glory in April 2002,” said former Mayor Rudolph Guiliani. “This will be a wonderful event where thousands of pipers and drummers will march through the streets of New York in the name of a great cause.”

Added Diane Perlmutter, CEO of Gilda’s Club Worldwide, “This event will help raise much-needed funding in support of people living with cancer, as well as salute the spirit of New York.” The money raised will go into a trust fund to be divided among the principal beneficiaries.

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