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"
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
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
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