Pilgrim Progress 2020

Calling all Mayflower descendants! Every Friday evening in August 2020 (August 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th), please join us in participating in Pilgrim Progress, a unique cultural tradition in Plymouth, MA.



Participants, including local Plymouth citizens, Mayflower descendants, and their guests from all walks of life, will dress in costume to represent one of the 51 Pilgrim survivors of that first winter in the New World. 

The event begins outside The Mayflower Society House located at 4 Winslow Street in downtown Plymouth (just up the hill from the rock!), where participants will be matched with a Pilgrim to represent. Participants are asked to arrive no later than 5:30 pm in order to practice songs and go over social distancing requirements. At around 6:00 pm, in costume and to the beat of a drum, Pilgrim Progress will walk from North Street, moving down Water Street past Plymouth Rock, up Leyden Street and continue to Town Square. This historical walk re-creates the Pilgrims’ procession to church and will end at Burial Hill, where a short Pilgrim worship service will take place at the site of the original fort/meeting house.


First instituted in 1921 as a part of the Town's Tercentenary Celebration, the procession has become a town tradition. We would love to have you join us!

Some things to keep in mind: 

Participants must provide their own Pilgrim costume, and arrive already in costume. Here are some guidelines on how to Dress Like a Pilgrim!

Masks are not required, but individuals may wear a solid-color mask if they desire.

Please do not wear sneakers, sandals or sunglasses. Wear loafers, docksiders, or brown or black shoes. Participants should also wear long, black socks. 

We will follow the same route we always do: walking past Plymouth Rock, up Leyden Street to the top of Burial Hill for a short Pilgrim worship service, returning back along Main Street to North Street, back to the Mayflower Society House.

This event is rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, the ceremony will be held on the Mayflower Society porch. 

All valuables, including cellphones and cameras, should be safely stored and locked in someone's car. Pilgrim Progress is not responsible for any lost or damage to items. There will be time for pictures before the Progress starts, but electronics are prohibited on the route.

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Please keep in mind that you will be photographed by locals, tourists and media on the route. By participating, you give permission to be photographed as part of the group.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Doherty at cherylsdoherty@gmail.com or 508-577-8975.

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