Burlington in Chittenden County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Parades and Pagentry
An eye-popping historical pageant capped the celebrations. At the foot of College Street, thousands of spectators packed a lakefront grandstand. Offshore- on a 300-foot-long floating stage bedecked with tepees, longhouse, and living trees- more than 175 Iroquois descendants reenacted the formation of the Iroquois confederacy and the battle with some sixty of their native opponents with whom Champlain and his two men were allied.
In 1959, a dramatic "canoecade" formed the centerpiece of the 350th anniversary celebrations. Traveling in hand-crafted birch bark canoes, performers reenacted Champlain's historic voyage with his two compatriots and some 60 Huron, Algonquin, and Montagnais Indian allies.
Each anniversary celebration has offered its own interpretation of Champlain's legacy. The 1909 events highlighted
"The next day we entered the lake, which is of great extent, say eighty or a hundred leagues long.... There are also many rivers falling into the Lake, bordered by many fine trees of the same kind as those we have in France, with many vines finer than any I have seen in any other place; also many chestnut-trees on the border of this lake, which I had not seen before." The Voyages of Sieur de Champlain. Published 1613, translated by Charles Pomeroy Otis, 1878.
In 1959, spectators crowded North Beach to witness a "canoecade" that reenacted Samuel de Champlain's voyage on Lake Champlain. Costumed children joined in the post-performance activities.
In July 1909, this floating stage formed the set for an elaborate historical play. When the play was complete, a tugboat hauled the stage and performers to their next venue, in Isle La Motte.
Decorated with electric lights and banners, Church Street welcomed festival goers to the 1909 celebrations. Some 25,000 electric bulbs were strung over Burlington's streets for the event.
[marker is also in French]
Location. 44° 28.615′ N, 73° 13.194′ W. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burlington VT 05401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quadricentennial Celebration (here, next to this marker); Lake Champlain Navy Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lone Sailor (about 600 feet away); The Battle of Valcour Island (about 600 feet away); George Dewey, Admiral of the Navy, U.S.N. (about 600 feet away); Honor and Tradition (about 600 feet away); The Battle of Plattsburgh Bay (about 600 feet away); Little Italy (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
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