2014 Port Coquitlam May Day Festival

Port Coquitlam May Day 2014

A tradition dating back to 1923 returns this week as the City of Port Coquitlam kicks off its annual May Day Festival. May Pole dancing, a parade through downtown Port Coquitlam, guided walks, a carnival, Youth Week events and more are planned for the annual celebration, running from May 2 to 11, 2014. Plus, as an extra bonus, most events are free.

“The May Day Festival is a great opportunity for our residents to connect with their community and experience the PoCo Pride that makes Port Coquitlam so unique,” says Mayor Greg Moore. “May Day also captures the spirit of our community as a dedicated group of community volunteers work hard all year long to put on a line-up of spectacular events and activities for us to experience.”

May Day’s roots go back centuries. In ancient times May was a time of outdoor celebration, and May Day was celebrated by the Romans with flower-decked parades in honour of Flora, their goddess of flowers. In England, village youth would collect flowering boughs to decorate Hawthorne trees – the predecessors to the May Pole.

Port Coquitlam first celebrated May Day as a community in 1923, with May Pole dancing and the crowning of a May Queen. While the festival has evolved and grown over the years, it has maintained many of its original traditions, including May Pole dancing and the crowning of local children as May Day ‘royalty’ – a May Queen and Ambassador along with a Royal Party. “May Day is Port Coquitlam’s most long-standing event and is near and dear to our hearts,” shares Councillor Wright, Chair of the City’s Healthy Community Committee. “I encourage everyone to come out and join in the fun. There is something for everyone to enjoy during the week-long festivities.”

The festival kicks off May 2, 2014 at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex with the evening opening ceremonies, featuring the installation of this year’s Royal Party and traditional May Pole dancing by school children. Events continue throughout the week, culminating in the full weekend of activities on May 10 and 11, 2014, including the annual Rotary May Day Parade and Leigh Square Community Block Party on May 10, 2014, and Mother’s Day event at Lions Park on May 11, 2014. Some other highlights you might want to check out include the PoCo Heritage Salon on May 3, 2014, the Youth Week Floor Hockey Tourney on May 5, 2014 and the Shooting Star Amusement Rides from May 9-11, 2014.

A detailed schedule is available at www.portcoquitlam.ca/mayday.

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  1. This is always a good event, my kinds love it!