The New Brunswick Highland Games Festival is a charitable organization run by volunteers with a focus on celebrating and promoting Scottish culture. This non-profit group offers a platform for exploring and expanding the rich diversity of Scottish heritage.
The tradition of the Highland Games traces back to 1981, with the festival held annually. Initially hosted in Oromocto until 1991, the Games shifted briefly to the Fredericton Exhibition Grounds before finally taking root in the stunning environment of Old Government House.
Originally, until 2002, the Highland Games were a segment of the New Brunswick Scottish Cultural Association. However, in 2003, they gained independence through incorporation, and by the spring of 2005, they had achieved charitable status.
The uniqueness of the New Brunswick Highland Games Festival lies in its two-fold significance – one half is dedicated to the Highland Games, featuring piping and drumming, highland dancing, and traditional athletics. The other half is the Scottish Festival, where entertainment, clans, and workshops take center stage.
While the event is provincial in its scope, it attracts a large audience comprising competitors and performers from all over Atlantic Canada, Ontario, and the Eastern seaboard, making it a vibrant cultural gathering.
To see video clips from the NB Highland Games 2014, visit our YouTube channel.
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