Annual New Year's Pipe-A-Thon Set

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Annual New Year's Pipe-A-Thon Set

Alameda Pipe-athon 2019 – Hitting cancer for Six!

For the sixth year in a row, the Alameda Pipe-athon will be hitting the bars of the Island City on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, (Hogmanay in Scotland, Hogmabay in the Bay Area!), with Scottish ex-pat and Alameda resident Andy MacKay playing "Auld Lang Syne" on the bagpipes in every bar on the island, raising funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and "hitting cancer for six" (a quaint British cricket term).

Accompanied by Team Pipe-athon, which includes "Jake and Elwood Blues" to encourage Alamedans to donate to ACS, Andy will start playing at McGee’s on Park Street at 7 p.m., and again in 20 more bars and restaurants across the Island, ending around 9 p.m. in the 1400 Bar & Grill on Webster Street.

“After six years the Alameda Pipe-athon has become a bit of a fixture in the Alameda NYE calendar, a great way to spread some traditional Scottish New Year Cheer, and to raise some much needed funds to combat cancer” MacKay said. 

He lost his father to cancer four years ago, and, as with many people, currently has family and friends affected by the disease. Last year the Pipe-athon raised more than $5,000, a total that they are hoping to beat this year. 

“With 21 venues to play in, hopefully my lungs will last! We’ll only be in each bar for about five minutes so make sure to be there early, or you’ll miss us! We start and finish in family-friendly bar/restaurants, so bring everyone out early on New Year's Eve!"

For more details on the Pipe-athon and to donate online directly to the American Cancer Society Pipe-athon, go to