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Historic Natchez Pageant

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I have been wanting to attend the Historic Natchez Pageant *forever* - it's performed every year during Pilgrimage, and over 200 citizens of Natchez perform in it. It covers the history of the city from when it was first settled to when the Civil War was over.

The first part is called "The American Flag Triumphant" and it's about how Natchez was the first permanent settlement on the Mississippi River, and went from being colonized by the French to British rule to Spanish to the US in 1795.
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The next section was called "The May Festival" and it was *so* precious - the children danced around a May Pole:
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"A Natchez Bride for Jefferson Davis" represented the wedding of Jeff Davis and Varina Howell, of The Briars:
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"Picnic at Concord" showed how people entertained themselves during the end of the Spanish days at the first great mansion in town, Concord, which was built by the last Spanish-born governor. Here they are doing the Virginia Reel (we learned to do the Virginia Reel in middle school p.e. class and it was always so much fun!):


The next dance performed was "The Polka":
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"Steamboat Under the Hill" represented all the different kinds of people who came to Natchez to visit, from families to entertainers - saloon girls, ballet dancers, singers:


...and the very best was this soloist performing "Ol' Man River":


The sweetheart waltz was performed during the "Soiree at Jefferson Military College" section:
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This is a picture from "Before the Hunt" which showed hunters in traditional English outfits with their dogs:
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The last section was called "The Confederate Farewell Ball" - the queen and king of the Pageant came out:
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...and then we all sang the National Anthem as the Confederate flag was taken away and the US flag was brought in:
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