Established in 1976, the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge was founded to preserve and promote the unique and exciting culture of Scotland. Rich in history and tradition, this culture has a uniqueness of cuisine, music, dress, art, poetry, and has contributed a great deal to the progress and betterment of the world, the United States, and has a strong history in the Baton Rouge area.
The Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge sponsors a program of education and community service that includes: the teaching of the Great Highland Bagpipes, Scottish Drums, Scottish Country Dancing, and Highland Broadsword Fighting, a Cultural Study Group, a Newsletter, participation at area festivals and Highland Games, assistance with Kirkings of the Tartan at a number of area churches, as well as informative presentations at libraries, schools, and elsewhere in the community.
The Society is divided into sections, each with its own focus and mission. These sections all work together for the Society's overall mission to promote and preserve Scottish culture.
Sections of the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge:
The Baton Rouge Caledonian Pipes and Drums:
Offers free lessons in Highland Bagpipes and Scottish drums; Fields a marching band for Parades, Veterans' and First-Responder Events, Memorial Services, Competitions, Community and Private Events, as well as Highland Games.
The Caledonian Broadsword Academy of Baton Rouge:
Offers lessons in Highland Broadsword Fencing and Singlestick, performs demonstrations for the public, and participates in The Broadsword League: and international year-long competition of Highland Broadsword practicioners.
The Caledonian Newsletter:
A quarterly online newsletter that informs Caledonian Society members of upcoming events, reprises events members might have missed, and delivers member-written articles on different topics of Scottish interest.
In addition to the regular meetings of individual sections, the Society puts on various events throughout the year including: a Burns Night Supper, St. Andrew's Spring Tea, Ice Cream Ceilidh, Annual General Meeting, and a St. Andrew Dinner. Other events are organized from time to time as well, such as: Tartan Balls, Highland Mini-Games and Festival, Christmas and Hogmany Parties and Ceilidhs.
We are proud of our work and participation in the community of Baton Rouge and the Gulf South. We invite you to join us!
With such a wide range of variety of activities, the Caledonian Society is a perfect fit for the whole family. And while our Society was founded and exists to promote Scottish culture, many of our members are not of Scottish descent--they just love Scotland's culture! We welcome any and all into our ranks who want to join us in our mission.