Plymouth kicks off season with a stunner parade

Sunny skies and appreciative crowds welcome seasonal event

The Voyage to America float of the Mayflower was a crowd pleaser today.

Text and photos by David Curran

A carriage of 21st century Pilgrim beauties pause for cameras
The 15th Annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade was held at the birthplace of Thanksgiving, Plymouth, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 20, 2010. 

This Annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration is held at the birthplace of Thanksgiving, Plymouth, Massachusetts on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

This year's events are from November 19th to the 21st, 2010. The weekend of festivities has become a beloved holiday occasion as well as an important link to our nation’s history and heritage.

See the events schedule here.

The Saturday morning Celebration festivities begain at 10:30am on the Plymouth historic waterfront. An opening ceremony, featuring a variety of top-quality entertainment and a Military Flyover was followed by the 2010 Grand Parade.

This is one of America’s only historically accurate chronological parades, visually bringing to life America’s rich heritage representing each century from the 17th through the 21st.   In showing the preservation of America’s history through the years, beginning with the Pilgrim era, we promote an appreciation among our citizens for our rich heritage. 

 The parade features beautifully decorated floats, nationally recognized Drum and Bugle Corps, re-enactment units from every period of American history and military marching units.
Patriotism and hope is revived in the hearts of observant adults and children as the drum and fife, pipe, drum and bugle corps, and military bands play music honoring the courageous defenders of our country: the men and women who serve in the Army, the Navy, the Marines, the Air Force and the Coast Guard.

Thousands of people attended the parade on a beautiful sunny autumn day. 

Below is the Plimoth Plantation float with a recreation of a 1621 village in Plymouth.

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