Huge Ships & Celebrities at Mayflower 400 in MA

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Huge ship and celebrities will be at Mayflower 400 - in America

Plymouth, Massachusetts, reveals plans for year-long celebration of the voyage of the Mayflower

People attending events to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower will get to see celebrities and world leaders and take a trip on a full-scale replica of the ship – but in the USA.
Our American cousins in Plymouth, Massachusetts, have just revealed plans for a year-long schedule of “signature events” to commemorate the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620.

The quadricentennial programme includes ceremonies with appearances from “dignitaries, state and federal officials, celebrities and other VIPs”, all centred around Mayflower II, the spot-on replica of the original vessel.
Massachusetts, where the Pilgrims landed after leaving from Plymouth’s Barbican, will also host exhibitions, live TV broadcasts, festivals, arts and entertainment events and an educational programme.

Dusty Rhodes, chair of the Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Commission, outlined the programme from the Grand Staircase at the Massachusetts State House, in an address attended by Governor Charlie Baker and other US politicians.
The non-profit Plymouth 400 Inc, established in 2011, has been working alongside a 35-member State Commission since January 2016 to create what they describe as “an epic commemoration of the voyage of the Mayflower – a story that significantly shaped the building of America."

It will embrace the history of the indigenous people living in the area at the time the Europeans arrived, and will welcome descendents of people who set sail from Plymouth four centuries ago.
Ms Rhodes said: “In name, Plymouth 400 calls to mind a singular place, but the history of Plymouth Colony is integral to the founding of Massachusetts and the nation.

“The cultural contributions and American traditions that began with the interaction of the Wampanoag (a confederacy of tribes living on the eastern seaboard at the time Europeans arrived) and English peoples have significantly shaped the building of America and continue to provide lessons for our future.

“Further, the inclusion of the Native American perspective is one of the truly unique aspects of this commemoration as, historically, this perspective has been mishandled and misrepresented.”
Michele Pecoraro, executive director of Plymouth 400 Inc, added: “The same cornerstones that defined this moment in history are also defined by the themes of this commemoration: exploration, innovation, self-governance, religious expression, immigration and thanksgiving.

“These values continue to inform global diplomacy and illuminate the diverse contributions of the immigrants that fortify the fabric of American culture. “Each of Plymouth 400’s commemorative events and programs were specifically designed to highlight these themes.”

The US programme includes:

SIGNATURE EVENTS

The Plymouth 400 Commemoration Opening Ceremony – April 24, 2020
Held at Plymouth’s Memorial Hall and grounds, the opening ceremony will be a “cross-cultural spectacle of historical content, visual and performing arts, special guest speakers and more”.

Official Maritime Salute to the 400th – June 27-28, 2020
This event pays tribute to the Pilgrims’ journey onboard the Mayflower with a parade of sail in and around Plymouth Harbor.
A regatta of wooden ships, official vessels, work boats, native mishoons and pleasure craft will culminate in a traditional New England lobster dinner at the waterfront.
Mayflower II will be a centerpiece of this event.

The Wampanoag Ancestors Walk - August 15, 2020
The Walk will be led by people from the Wampanoag tribes of Massachusetts through downtown Plymouth.
Placards will be carried with the names of the original 69 villages of the Wampanoag Nation. Participants will stop and bless the spots where their ancestors once walked. The event will conclude with a drum ceremony and reception.
The Official State House Salute to the 400th Commemoration – September 14, 2020
Held at the Massachusetts State House, this ceremony will honour the Pilgrim forefathers and Native people “immortalized in the historic founding of Plymouth Colony”.
 

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