Saskatoon skaters join kilted groups across the country

The second annual Great Canadian Kilt Skate celebrates the country’s first prime minister.

The 2nd annual Great Canadian Kilt Skate celebrates the Canada's 1st prime minister

Around 20 people come out for the Great Canadian Kilt Skate in Saskatoon. (CBC)

It was an unusual sight at the Meewasin skaters lodge on Sunday as people laced up their skates dressed in kilts.

Hundreds of people across the country put on the traditional dress of men in the Scottish Highlands for the second annual Great Canadian Kilt Skate. In Saskatoon, around 20 people slid around the downtown rink to celebrate.

It was an unusual sight at the Meewasin skaters lodge on Sunday as people laced up their skates dressed in kilts. (CBC)

"We are here today to celebrate Sir John A. Macdonald's birthday. It's a kilt skate and it's happening all across Canada," Andrew Lockwood said.

"Everyone is dressing up, some people with kilts, hopefully with skates, and we are having a good time."

Hundreds of people across the country put on the traditional dress of men in the Scottish Highlands for the second annual Great Canadian Kilt Skate. (CBC)

The Scottish Society of Ottawa started the tradition in January 2015 to recognize the country's first prime minister's birthday.

Lockwood said even when they aren't lucky enough to have the warm temperatures, the clothing still keeps them warm.  

"It's beautiful; it's all wool," he said.  

The Scottish Society of Ottawa started the tradition in January 2015 to recognize the country’s first prime minister’s birthday. (CBC)

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