Save the Date – City Celebrating 100th May Days from May 5-13

PORT COQUITLAM, BC – Jan. 25, 2023… The countdown to the 100th May Days is on, with 100 days left until the official opening ceremonies begin on May 5.

May Days is a spring festival in downtown Port Coquitlam dating back to 1923 that attracts thousands of people from throughout Metro Vancouver each year. As the longest-running festival in the Tri-Cities and the longest-running community event in Port Coquitlam, the 100th annual May Days festival is a time to celebrate the community by coming together through music, art, dance and much more.

“May Days is a historic Port Coquitlam event that celebrates our annual spring festival of fun and community spirit. I’m excited to be celebrating this milestone year as we celebrate our 100th May Days,” Mayor Brad West said. “A fun-filled day of live entertainment, performances, arts and crafts, rides, food vendors and more. There is something for everyone and it’s a great time to honour the past and create memories for generations to come.”

The City will be launching a variety of contests and activities leading up to the centennial event. To kick off the 100 days until May Days, the City is looking for 100 past royal party members to join the iconic Port Coquitlam centennial May Day parade on Sat. May 13. Each alumnus from the Royal Party will receive a sash with the year that they were part of the May Days celebrations and will be part of the City’s float in the parade as part of this historic celebration. For more information and to be part of this exciting celebration visit portcoquitlam.ca/maydays.

This year, due to the construction at Leigh Square, Party in the Square will be held at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (PCCC) – Terry Fox Hometown Square with lots of entertainment and activities for everyone.

“We are excited to mark May Days 100th birthday with week-long family friendly activities for the community,” said Cllr. Paige Petriw, Council’s designate on community experience, celebrations, events and inclusion. “We look forward to celebrating with the community, businesses and everyone that has made our May Days great for 100 years.”

 

The festival officially kicks off with the May Day opening ceremony on May 5, 7:30 p.m. at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, featuring maypole dancing by local children, dance performances and the presentation of the 2023 May Day Royal Party.

The main parade starts at 11 a.m. May 13 in downtown Port Coquitlam. Groups and individuals interested in being a part of the parade can apply online by April 13 at rotarymayday.ca. The 2022 parade featured 100 participants and was enjoyed by 12,000 spectators.

Party in the Square at the Terry Fox Hometown Square (PCCC) will follow the parade. Highlights include:

  • Live entertainment
  • Food trucks and beverage garden,
  • Free kids and youth zone,
  • Interactive art zone, and
  • Mayday market and community displays

Opportunities to Get Involved

Discover a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities at portcoquitlam.ca/maydays until Mar. 17, 2023. Sponsors can profile their brand and build loyalty with over 61,000 residents by becoming part of the City’s signature event.

Contact the City’s Special Events team today to learn more about creating a unique sponsorship package that suits your organization’s needs at specialevents@portcoquitlam.ca or call 604.927.7935 to discuss your custom sponsorship.

Community members interested in volunteering at May Days events can learn more and apply under special events opportunities at portcoquitlam.ca/volunteer.

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. While the festival has evolved and grown over the years, it has maintained many of its original traditions, including Maypole dancing and the crowning of local children as May Day “royalty” – a May Queen and Ambassador along with a Royal Party.

May Days is organized in partnership with the May Days Committee, the Port Coquitlam Centennial Rotary Club and funded by Canadian Heritage. Sponsors include: Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association (PoCo BIA), PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives and media sponsor – Tri-City News.

Full event details are available at portcoquitlam.ca/maydays.

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Ximena Ibacache
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam
Tel 604.927.5499
Email ibacachex@portcoquitlam.ca