May Day

Thank you for celebrating Port Coquitlam’s 96th annual May Days with nine days of free family activities, local culture, live entertainment and more!

Dating back to 1923, May Days is Port Coquitlam’s annual spring festival and one of its signature events. One of the main highlights is the Rotary May Day Parade followed by an afternoon of entertainment and activities in Leigh Square.

2019 Royal Party

Back Row Left To Right

Alisa Murayama, Ellie Gibson, Violet Jarvis, Kamila Kurowska, Dalia Politeo, Cameron Myles, Matthew Moran, Woodson MacRae, Lavo Darwish, Aaron MacRae, Riley Walker, Nicholas Klein

Middle Row Left to right

Anora Sommers, Kira Huynh, Tegan Goll, Reana Klym, Kenzie Herrera (1st Princess), Aurora Muir (MQ), Riker Klym (Ambassador), Jasper Michael Jose (Record Bearer), Amelia Shong, Louise Harvey, Journey Stroud, Penelope Thomas

Bottom Row Flower Girls Left to Right

Fable Zimmerman, Japji Aulakh, Violet Doyle, Maya Oliver, Isla Simpkins, Naomi den Otter, Abigail Read, Casey Delciotto, Nina Parco, Grace Cutura, Vivian McKechnie, Liliany Arevalo

Origins of May Day Celebrations

The month of May is believed to have been named for the Roman goddess of spring and growth, Maia. The month of May heralds the awakening and flourishing of nature and the coming of spring. In the City of Port Coquitlam, this month marks the celebration of May Day.

In ancient times, May was a time for outdoor celebrations. In Rome, it was a time that was sacred to Flora, the goddess of flowers. The Romans celebrated May Day with flower-decked parades. In England, the village youth went to the woods to gather spring flowers and hawthorne branches, returning singing and dancing. The flowering boughs they gathered were used to decorate the May tree. As the white flowered hawthorne tree became the tree most often decorated, it came to be called the May tree. In more recent celebrations, the May pole, symbolic of the May tree it has replaced, has been decorated with colourful ribbons.

The City of Port Coquitlam first introduced the celebration of May in 1916 when the principal of James Park School, Mrs. Enid Cox, arranged a small celebration for her pupils. The first official community May Day was held in 1923, when James Park and Central schools combined their efforts. It was in 1923 that Miss Evelyn Mars was crowned as Port Coquitlam’s first official May Queen.

In today’s Port Coquitlam May Day celebration, a May Queen and an Ambassador, along with the Royal Party, preside over the festivities, which include a parade, music, entertainment and dancing around maypoles.

2019 May Day Photos

May Day 2019


Alex Bickers
Event Producer – Community and Civic Events
Tel 604.927.7935