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Scots singer KT Tunstall leads New York Tartan Day parade

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Image caption Scots singer KT Tunstall led the parade

KT Tunstall led a procession of thousands as the 20th New York Tartan Day parade was held in New York.

More than 30,000 spectators flocked to the Big Apple to celebrate the anniversary event.

Around 3,500 participants marched up Sixth Avenue, led by the Scots singer who was named the first female Grand Marshall of the parade.

The procession was made up of pipers, drummers, highland dancers and full pipe bands.

They included Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, who raised more than £60,000 to travel from Scotland to pay tribute to Manchester bombing victim, Eilidh MacLeod from Barra.

In a poignant display the band, from Uist, flew over 30 musicians aged between 12 and 17 over 3,000 miles to march in honour of their friend and band member.

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Image caption Pipers marched through New York on Saturday.

The "parade pups" made an appearance once again, with Tartan Terriers, Hebridean Hunting Hounds and Highland Herders winning over crowds.

A group of Scottish MSPs also took part in Saturday's celebrations. Presiding officer Ken Macintosh, Labour's Johann Lamont and SNP's Clare Haughey attended the march as part of a trip to the US and Canada.

The New York Tartan Day Parade is the highlight of a week of celebrations.

Known as New York Tartan Week it involves events, performances and ceilidhs across the city.

Kyle Dawson, president of the New York Tartan Day committee, said: "This year's New York Tartan Week has been phenomenal - definitely our biggest and best yet.

"We enjoyed a week of celebrations, with ceilidhs popping up in bars and bagpipes filling the air throughout the city.

"We had an incredible Grand Marshall in KT Tunstall and saw tens of thousands of people line the sidewalks to cheer the New York Tartan Day Parade on."

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Image caption Around 30,000 spectators attended the parade.

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