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Flint Scottish Pipe Band to celebrate 98 years at Winter Ceilidh

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(02/20/14) - It's the one of the most unique celebrations around. Saturday night, the Flint Scottish Pipe Band honors it's ninety-eighth year at its annual Winter Ceilidh. Translation - a big scottish party!

"It's the biggest in the Midwest. There's no other Ceilidh like our Ceilidh," said George Murray, pipe major.

The Ceilidh takes place at Davison's Knights of Columbus Hall. The event has been known to get a little rowdy, but organizers insist it's still a family-friendly affair.

"We've got little kids showing up in kilts and diapers, we've got senior citizens dressed up in their highland ware, just enjoying themselves," Murray said.

This year's Ceilidh features more than a dozen pipe bands and highland dancers from across North America, and kilts - lots and lots of kilts.

"You don't have to wear a kilt, but women love the men in kilts," Murray said.

Proceeds provide the 40 person band with uniforms, which can run upwards of $2,500. That money also provides younger band members with scholarships.

"It really helps me a lot. That way I get as much instruction as possible and then I can teach other people, too, in later generations," said Christy S., Highland Dancer and Drummer.

Speaking of generations - Christy S. and her brother are third generation band members.

"We started when we were little kids. I was running around in a diaper doing this stuff, and my grandma's still doing it today," she said.

Some of those bagpipes have actually been in the band for generations as well.

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