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Past royalty sought to help Port Coquitlam celebrate 100th May Day

The city is already planning the centennial celebration for May 5-13.
Port Coquitlam May queen Ava Dickson and ambassador Daniel Harvey wave during the 2017 May Day parade.

Port Coquitlam is looking for 100 past royal party members to join the iconic May Day parade this year.

The event will help mark the centennial milestone of the long-standing festival celebrating spring in the city.

Each alumnus from the royal party will receive a sash with the year that they were part of the May Days festival and will be part of the city’s float in the parade as part of this historic celebration.

PoCo will also be launching a variety of contests and activities leading up to the 100th annual event, scheduled for May 5 to 13. 

What's happening 

Residents and visitors are set to experience several fun events, including the May Day opening ceremony kick-off on May 5, 7:30 p.m. at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (PCCC).

It will feature 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. on May 13 in downtown Port Coquitlam.

Groups and individuals interested in being a part of the parade can apply online by April 13. 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
  • Mayday market and community displays 

Sponsors needed

There's also a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities local business, groups and individuals can apply for on the May Days page of the City of Port Coquitlam's website until Mar. 17, 2023.

Sponsors can profile their brand and build loyalty with more than 61,000 residents by becoming part of this signature event, according to the city.

The Tri-City News is the media sponsor of the Port Coquitlam May Days festivities.

For more information, contact the city's special events team at [email protected] or call 604-927-7935.