‘Outlander’ season 2 star Sam Heughan to be Grand Marshal at New York Tartan Day Parade

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For those of you who are going to be in New York City on the day of the “Outlander” season 2 premiere April 9, we now have some further news that should help you come up with a great way to spend your morning.

It was announced today that series star Sam Heughan will serve as the Grand Marshal this year for the upcoming New York Tartan Day Parade, which is the culmination of more than a week’s worth of celebration of Scottish heritage. The Scottish actor joins many other familiar faces who have served as Grand Marshal in the parade’s 18-year history, which includes Sir Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, and even his own “Outlander” co-star Graham McTavish.

In a statement, Heughan had the following to say regarding the honor:

“As Grand Marshal of the New York Tartan Day parade 2016, I am honored and proud to serve the city and its ancestral ties. I love the city, the people and the vibe. Please join me in toasting all who live and visit there with a whisky and a toast!”

Some other acts set to appear in the parade include the Up Helly Aa Jarl Squad from Shetland, the Edinburgh Academy Pipe Band, and Strathallan School Pipe Band. Even if you are not of Scottish heritage, it sounds like there will still be a lot to see and enjoy over the course of the run of the parade. Also, it will serve as a great precursor to “Outlander” premiering that night on Starz. Even though Sam’s character of Jamie Fraser may be heading to France with Claire on the story moving forward, the majority of the show still films in Scotland.

If you want to know some more news regarding the parade and all of the other Tartan Day festivities, we recommend visiting their official site! You can also click here to get some other “Outlander” news, or sign up over at this link if you want to get some more TV news on everything we cover via our CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: Starz.)

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