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Kilts and snake skin leggings in Trafalgar square

By Saturday, August 24, 2013 , , ,

While walking to a coffee shop near Soho, I heard the unmistakable sound of bagpipes, followed by the equally unmistakable sounds of drunken singing. And sure enough, there were a few men in kilts walking down the street away from us. We didn't really think anything of it until we got to Trafalgar Square an hour or two later. When we saw this:

There was some sort of celebration going on on the steps, with plenty of drinking and unintelligible yet remarkably coordinated singing.

But competing for attention was the sound of Michael Jackson being played over a boom box, by this guy:

But long after the contortionist's act finished, the singing, drinking Scots kept going, and their numbers kept growing

Later I found out that Scotland and England were playing against each other for the first time in 14 years at Wembley. Apparently this required partying for days before hand, as the Scots continued and kept singing until, based on a news report in the Herald Scotland, one got arrested for swimming naked in the fountain.

Although the Scots lost the match, I'm sure they still enjoyed themselves, as the article quoted one attendee: "If we win, there will be a party. If we lose there will be an even bigger party but it will have been after 90 minutes of inconvenience".

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  1. Its a festive mood down there with all that crowd.