2015 Port Coquitlam May Day Festival

May Pole 2015 Port Coquitlam

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 1 to 10, 2015. And as if that wasn’t enough, most events are free.

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.

The festival kicks off May 1, 2015 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 9 and 10, 2015, including the annual Rotary May Day Parade and Leigh Square Community Block Party on May 9, 2015, and Mother’s Day event at Lions Park on May 10, 2015. Some other highlights you might want to check out include the PoCo Heritage Salon on May 2, 2015, carnival games for all ages at Minnekhada Middle School on May 5, 2015 and the May Day Mile on May 9, 2015.

The final event is the Leigh Square Post Parade Block Party from noon to 5:00pm on Sunday, May 10, 2015. It features lots of family fun including concessions, refreshments and free entertainment. You can shop at the May Day Marketplace, visit BizAlley, tour the Emergency Preparedness Fair and enjoy FREE children’s games and activities. It’s also the second stop on the Designated Trolley Tour.

A detailed schedule of all the May Day fun is available online at www.portcoquitlam.ca/mayday.

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