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Adorable banners of Port Coquitlam's past May Days going up this weekend

Cute photos of past May Queens will adorn new community banners that will be put up this weekend in Port Coquitlam.
Banners depicting past May Queens will be going up in downtown Port Coquitlam this weekend.

Workers will be putting up fresh, new spring banners in Port Coquitlam in time for May Days.

For 2023, the banners will feature images from the past 100 years of the event, set to officially take place May 5 to 13.

And some of the images are pretty cute, featuring past May Queens like Helen Berry, crowned the first year the Women’s Institute organized the event in 1925, and Victorine Young, shown in 1929 enthroned among flowers.

The banners, which go up this weekend downtown and along Coast Meridian Road, will also feature important PoCo May Day traditions such as the Rotary May Day Parade and the Royal Party procession.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives provided the May Day images for this project.

Digitized photos from their collection for the May Days banners can be viewed on the organization's website.

Banners are recycled

The city's Community Banner Program contributes to the beautification of the city with the Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association (BIA) helping with printing costs.

As in past years, the banners are printed on recyclable material with eco-friendly inks.

The banners will be up for one year and a new set of designs will be printed next year.

When they are removed, they will be recycled into shopping bags and other useful objects by schools and non-profit groups.