I love local festivals and I try to attend as many as I can. They are pretty much all the same, (stuff for sale, food on a stick, music and beer) perhaps that is why I like them. So I was at a Celtic Festival on a fine Father’s Day afternoon, and I noticed that even among the ‘Celts’ there seemed to be a number of different tribes (and not just a difference in the tartans!).
There were the organized groups. They were neatly dressed in well pressed kilts, a very formal group. (Don’t know if the bagpipes had to match.)
There were the re-enactors, striving for authenticity, or what passes for authenticity. I expect they have battles and such as they seemed to possess rather a lot of arms.
Then there were the Celtic dandies. Not content with just wearing the kilt, they added a jacket or vest and a swag of tartan draped over their bodies. It is a rather fetching outfit.
I saw a lot of young men going for a ‘Braveheart’ sort of vibe. One has to have a lot of tattoos and to wear one’s kilt with a certain swagger. (In answer to the question “what does one wear under a kilt?” I did see a pair of bicycle shorts). 😉
Perhaps the most unique of the clans was ‘Clan Santa Claus’. They were definitely going for a different take on the whole Scots thing. I suppose we all belong to one clan or another, but on this day folks were openly proclaiming their allegiance to a country and an ideal that the ancestors left far behind.