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.
“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!):
“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”: