Massed bands at Maxville.

Canada’s Glengarry Highland Games, one of the largest Highland Games in the world, has been cancelled for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Held at Maxville in Ontario, the games host the North American Pipe Band Championships. The games takes place each summer over three days and attract in excess of 20,000 people.

Games President, Eric Metcalfe said: “… in light of the current public health crisis and with the deepest concern for all those who might be affected, we will not be presenting the 73rd edition of the Games this summer.

“As upsetting as cancelling this year’s Glengarry Highland Games is, it is very much the right thing to do. I also want to assure you that all the directors and committees will be working hard to produce a spectacular 2021 Games. We look forward to welcoming you back on July 30 and 31, 2021. Please keep checking out our website for updates.”

City of Dunedin of Florida won the 2019 North American Pipe Band Championship.

Glengarry Highland Games began in 1948 and was popular from its inception. The Glengarry Pipe Band was formed in early 1961 in order to provide a local host band for the game. Colin MacLellan took over as Pipe Major in 1987 and the band quickly ascended the grades, reaching Grade 2.