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Kilts, Piping and Haggis!

It's the 12th Annual Queen Mary Scottish Festival and Games Set for

February 19th & 20th, 2005



Parades, Piping and Dancing Competitions, Concerts, Highland Games, Scottish

Clans, Food, Spirits and More!



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    LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The unmistakable sounds of
 piping will reign aboard the grand ocean liner during the 12th Annual Queen
 Mary Scottish Festival.  The colorful weekend is set for February 19th and
 20th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily aboard the majestic "Clyde Built"
 ship.
     Prices for the Scottish Festival are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and
 $13 for children ages 5-11 with two-day tickets at $25, $23 and $17,
 respectively.  A 20% savings will apply to tickets purchased by February 1,
 2004.  Admission includes a Self-Guided Shipwalk Tour, the Ghosts & Legends of
 the Queen Mary show and Treasures from the Queen Mary Archive Exhibit.
 Parking is an additional charge.
     Festivities for both days include: colorful parades each day at Noon with
 massed pipe bands, clans, and special celebrity guest Grand Marshals; Highland
 Dancing Competitions and Country Dancing performances; more than 60 Clan and
 Association tables where visitors can explore their Scottish heritage;
 Highland Games with a full range of competitors and Sheep Herding
 Demonstrations in the Queen Mary Events Park, adjacent to the ship; a Pipe
 Band Competition both days spotlighting some of the top bands in North
 America; and musical entertainment from Men of Worth and Alex Beaton.  New
 this year will be the War Horse & Militaria Heritage Foundation demonstrating
 cavalry maneuvers depicting the Scots Greys of 1815 made famous at the "Battle
 of Waterloo."
     Music and Whisky will kick the festival off on Friday the 18th.  Men of
 Worth will open with a very special concert Friday, February 18th; in the
 Royal Theatre at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the
 door.  A special evening of whisky tasting will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday the
 18th, featuring various expressions of "The Glenlivet," "Aberlur" and
 "Abunad'h."  Seating is limited and tickets can be purchased in advance by
 visiting the Queen Mary web site at www.queenmary.com and clicking on Scottish
 Festival.
     Headliners at this year's Third Annual Plaidpalooza are Eric Rigler and
 Bad Haggis who will present a special concert along with the Los Angeles Scots
 Pipe Band on Saturday, February 19th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Queen's Salon.
 Tickets are $12.00 and will be sold at the door only.
     Also returning this year is the Queen Mary Classic Dart Tournament, with
 $5,000 in cash prizes sponsored by the Dart Shop of Buena Park, Boddingtons
 Fine Ale, Bass Ale, and Stella Artois Belgium Beer.  The Tournament is open to
 all, and those that pre-register for two or more events will receive
 complimentary admission to the Scottish Festival.  For more information,
 contact the Dart Shop at (714) 995-1993.
     The Hotel Queen Mary is offering special festival hotel packages.  For
 advance ticket sales information for the festival or to make restaurant
 reservations, please call (562) 435-3511 or visit www.queenmary.com.  The
 Queen Mary is located at the south end of the 710 Freeway, on the water in
 Long Beach, California.
 
 

SOURCE Queen Mary

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