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 May Days Program

PoCo Celebrate BC Youth Week

  • May 1: Youth Yoga session @ Hyde Creek*
  • May 3: Art and Pizza @ Rec Complex*
  • May 4: 3v3 Basketball @ Hyde Creek*
  • May 6: Movie Night @ Hyde Creek
  • May 7: Smash Bros Tourney @ Hyde Creek*
  • May 11: May Day Party @ Leigh Square

Registration is required. Please visit experienceit.ca

May Day Opening Ceremony: 7:30 pm
Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex

Maypole dancing by local children, dance performances and the presentation of the 2019 May Day Royal Party.

Art Focus Artists’ Association 26th Annual Spring Show
Opens May 3, 7-9 pm, continues May 4-5, 11 am-5 pm
The Outlet at Leigh Square

Springtime in PoCo theme, featuring new original artwork on various subjects, in oil, watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, and photography.

Pancake Breakfast, 8-11 am
The Outlet at Leigh Square

A pre-parade tradition. Proceeds go to 4th Poco Scouts. $4

Parade Pre-show: VPD Motorcycle Drill Team: 10:30 am
Parade route

Get your spot early to see the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team, known for amazing formations

Rotary May Day Parade: 11 am
Parade route: Shaughnessy to Elgin, Elgin to Mary Hill, Mary Hill to Hawthorne, ending on Tyner

One of the biggest in Metro Vancouver, with marching bands, floats, and many laughs. 

Party in the Square: 12-5 pm
Leigh Square

12:00 pm – DJ Stretch

1:00 pm – Mayor’s Welcome

1:10 pm – Dr. Strangelove

2:10 pm – Improv – The Radical

2:25 pm – Mellado Dance Elite

2:50 pm – Golden Spike Can Can

3:15 pm – Improv – The Radical

3:25 pm – TC School of Music

3:45 pm – Lindbjerg Academy Show Choir

4:05 pm – Improv – The Radical

4:20 pm – Dr. Strangelove

  • Children’s crafts and activities in the free Kids Zone,
  • Artisan Market with 25-plus vendors
  • PoCo Biz Alley local business tradeshow
  • Emergency preparedness fair and community displays
  • Food trucks and a beverage garden
Mayors Message

This year we are celebrating the 96thAnniversary of Port Coquitlam’s May Day Celebrations!  

We are extremely fortunate to have another team of dedicated volunteers lead this festival through the May Day Festival Roundtable to bring our community together for a jam-packed week of fun for the entire family. On behalf of City Council and our staff, we look forward to bringing everyone together once again to celebrate our PoCo pride!

May Days officially kicks off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex featuring Maypole Dancing. This is one event you will want to bring the entire family out to enjoy. 

The festivities continue with Art Focus Artists’ Association’s annual Spring Show on May 3, 4 & 5 and the popular Rotary May Day Parade on May 11. Get your spot early to see the parade pre-show featuring the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team, known for their amazing formation! 

Come on out on Saturday, May 11 for a day of family fun beginning with a pancake breakfast from 8:00am – 11:00am at The Outlet at Leigh Square and bring your lawn chair and join our community as we line the streets of downtown Port Coquitlam to watch the vibrant parade floats and marching bands.  Make sure you stick around for the Party in the Square to enjoy Biz Alley Market, entertainment, refreshments and our community spirit at its best.

The participation of our residents, sponsors and volunteers are what make May Days so special. I’d like to give a special thank you to ourMay Day Committee members, the Port Coquitlam Centennial Rotary Club and our volunteers for the countless hours they put in and tothe Department of Canadian Heritage for their generous financial contribution.Thank you also to our sponsors Spraggs Law, The Royal Purple, Port Coquitlam Downtown Business Improvement Association and the Tri-City News.

On behalf of City Council, we look forward to having you join us for our 96thMay Days Celebrations and be a part of history!  Further details can be found on the City’s website, our Facebook page and in your local newspaper.  

See you there!

Brad West
Mayor

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

Parade & Party in the Square Site Map

Download the Parade & Party in the Square Site Map

May Day Map & Road Closure Web

Thank you to our sponsors!

May Day Festival Sponsors

May Day Festival Partners

Rotary Parade sponsors

            

May Day Supporters

Canadian Royal Purple

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

Contact

Alex Bickers
Event Producer – Community and Civic Events
Tel 604.927.7935
Email bickersa@portcoquitlam.ca