Pilgrim Progress Pageant

Pilgrim Progress Pageant

Every Friday during August
It was on Plymouth Rock in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts, that the Pilgrims landed in December 1620 to found their first permanent settlement north of Virginia. More than half of the 102 people who sailed on the Mayflower to the New World died of exposure, illness, and hunger by the end of the first winter.
An annual series of parades is organized by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Each Friday in August at 6:00 p.m., a group of men, women, and children dressed as Pilgrims form a procession up Leyden Street to the site of the former Fort-Meetinghouse on Burial Hill, now the Church of the Pilgrimage on Main Street. When they reach the site of the old fort, they reenact the church service that was held by the survivors at the end of that first winter in 1621. The pageant has been held every August since 1921 and also takes place on Thanksgiving Day.
CONTACTS:
Destination Plymouth
170 Water St., Ste. 10C
Plymouth, MA 02360
508-747-7533; fax: 508-747-7535
www.visit-plymouth.com
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 88