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Wampanoag to Appear in Plymouth Thanksgiving Parade for First Time

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For the first time ever, members of the Wampanoag Tribe will participate in the annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The Patriot Ledger reports that this year’s parade theme will celebrate “heroes from every era of the nation’s history.”

Olly deMacedo, executive director of the parade, told the Ledger that the idea grew out of a float designed to honor Boston Marathon bombing victims and first responders.

Squanto, a Patuxet Indian who helped the Pilgrims survive their first winter, and the Wampanoag Tribe, Paul Revere, John and Abigail Adams and President John F. Kennedy are also among those to be honored.

“We couldn’t tell this story of heroes without talking about the first heroes of American history,” deMacedo told the Ledger.

Members of the Wampanoag Tribe will lead the parade, as it depicts history chronologically.

The parade will also honor President Abraham Lincoln, who made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.