7 September, 2008, Estes Park, Colorado.  It is the last day of the Scottish Festival in Estes Park. Th’ Gaussling and family made way to this annual festival to hear bagpipe music and to see the spectacle.  There were several quite decent bands as well as a variety of highland games to watch. You could even lunch on haggis.

It was interesting to see a police officer dressed up in a kilt and scooting around on a Segway. Then there was the curious juxtaposition of holstered stun gun and a kilt.
Parade of the Clans

Parade of the Clans

These highland festivals seem to involve quite a bit of pomp and circumstance. The Marine Corp Marching band put on a show bobbing and weaving to the tuba playing a jazzy beat. Cannons were fired on the top of every hour and a collection of siege engines (wooden trebuchets) hurled stones towards an inflatable Nessie floating in Loch Estes. And at noon, a pair of WWII training aircraft did a formation flyover. Airplanes, beer & bangers, and bagpipes. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

 

 

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