Ten Years of Celebrating Plaidurday in Marquette

Plaidurday, the worldwide celebration of plaid was created by our own Bugsy Sailor as a way to pay homage to one of the Upper Peninsula’s most iconic color schemes. Since 2011 he has coordinated an effort across the country, and now globally, to encourage as many people in the world to wear plaid on the first Friday of October. We’ve been here to spread the plaid from the beginning. Thanks for joining us.

2024 – Plaidurday returns October 4, 2024

Location, details, and more to come! Wherever you are, start planning today for your school, place of work, or just about anything else.

2023 – Founder’s Landing Pier

Our tenth annual Plaidurday celebration in Marquette and we beat our previous record, with 351 people! The forecast didn’t look very promising all week, but not only did the rain hold off, but the sun shined.

Thank you for coming out, for celebrating plaid, participating in our community, and being resilient in the cold breeze. It was exciting to make use of this new location. Thank you Downtown Marquette!

Thank you to our friends Matthew and Elliot from Elm Creative for documenting the event. Give ’em a follow.

2022 – Marquette Country Courthouse

After a two-year hiatus, our epic Plaidurday photo returns to Marquette! We returned to the historic Marquette Couonty Courthouse with 242 people in their finest plaids. Not as big as our 2019 photo, but it did set a new record for number of dogs in attendance!

Special thanks and shoutout to our buddy Fritz of Old Time Hawkey for joining us and cracking open a cold pop. Thank you to our dear friend Tieka (@SelectivePotential) for snapping the photo!

In the futur, we’ll figure out how to get it on a timer, and we might need to bring back the drone as the crowd grows.

See you in 2023, on October 6!

2020 & 2021 - The Pandemic. 😔

Sadly, after a long running tradition, we decided not to have a large group photo in the interest of everyone’s health. Though we were sad, we were delighted to see so many photos on social media tagged #plaidurday. So wherever you are, thanks for participating near and far.

2019 – Peter White Public Library

Our biggest Plaidurday photo to date!

2018 – McCarty’s Cove and the Marquette Lighthouse

Perhaps our biggest turnout yet! Thanks for coming out everyone.

2017 – Marquette Country Courthouse

Marquette’s inaugural Plaidurday celebration, making a MQT formation at Ellwood A. Mattson Lower Harbor Park

2016 – Historic Marquette Ore Dock

Marquette’s inaugural Plaidurday celebration, making a MQT formation at Ellwood A. Mattson Lower Harbor Park

2015 – Black Rocks at Presque Isle

We headed to Black Rocks at Presque Isle on a beautifully sunny, but chilly day where the gales of November had come early.

2014 – Lower Harbor Park

Marquette’s inaugural Plaidurday celebration, making a MQT formation at Ellwood A. Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Not bad for a having never been in marching band or coordinating a formation before.

The Worldwide Celebration of Plaid

Plaidurday is the worldwide celebration of plaid. The holiday is celebrated annually on the first Friday of October.

How To Celebrate Plaidurday

  1. Take a photo in your plaid and share with #plaidurday so we can see all your beautiful faces
  2. Give a high five to others wearing plaid
  3. See someone wearing polka dots? Encourage them to try some plaid
  4. Help others in need by donating clothes to shelters and second hand shops
  5. Give lots of compliments. They’ll see your plaid and think, “Gosh, people who wear plaid are really nice!”
  6. Bake plaid cookies, cakes, and other tasty treats
  7. Make plaid crafts, Plaidurday cards, and let your creativity shine
  8. Give the gift of plaid to friends and family
  9. Organize a staff or classroom photo
  10. Look good, feel good, and spread some cheer, because we’re all connected by a common thread