Thanksgiving – Thursday 28th November
The Illuminate festival and Mayflower 400 commemorations launch date was planned to coincide with the city’s celebrations for the American Thanksgiving holiday.
Sutton Harbour will welcome the Plymouth (USA) High Schools Marching Band on the day with a performance at 11.30am.
The 56-strong band plus colour guard have journeyed from their home in Plymouth, Massachusetts – known as “America’s Hometown” – and will be performing a selection of pieces in Quay Square and along the harbourside.
The band is a combined ensemble of students from two high schools and two middle schools and regularly take part in competitions and perform at community events.
In addition, some of Sutton Harbour’s tenant businesses are joining the Thanksgiving celebrations by offering USA-themed festive fare on their menus.
Louise’s Coffee and Donuts based in Quay Square will be serving American-style donuts for the day – priced at 5 for £3.50 for, or 10 for £6.
And Honky Tonk Wine Library on North Quay has a range of American wines and ales on offer, including a 2016 Merlot called The Velvet Devil (Washington State), a 2016 Syrah called Boom Boom (Washington State), a 2017 Riesling called Kung Fu Girl, and two American Ales – Goose IPA and Goose 312, an urban wheat ale.