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Port Coquitlam May Days is turning 100. Here's how you can commemorate the festival

Organizers are looking for local helping hands to make the centennial event as memorable as possible.
The Rotary May Day Parade on Shaughnessy in Port Coquitlam.

It's a milestone year for Port Coquitlam's annual May Days spring festival.

The city is set to celebrate the 100th edition of the beloved event that officially marks the change in seasons, which normally attended by thousands of visitors of all ages from across the region.

While it's still several months away, PoCo staff are reaching out to the community in hopes local residents and business can help get the week-long festival off the ground.

This includes sponsorship opportunities for programs and activities, as well as the Rotary May Day Parade, considered one of the largest in the Tri-Cities.

"The festival features a banquet, opening ceremonies with maypole dancing, parade and a party in the Terry Fox Hometown Square with live entertainment, family fun, a beverage garden, market and more," Port Coquitlam city spokesperson Ximena Ibacache in a release.

"Businesses can engage the community by sponsoring one of the many elements of this spring celebration, with their logo strategically placed so that all attendees know who made their fun possible.

"Businesses big and small can benefit from continued advertising in a variety of mediums, plus community goodwill and exclusive rewards."

The tradition of May Days dates back to 1923 when the city crowned its first May Queen and began celebrating May Days each year.

It's since grown into a community celebration that also includes visual, performing and literary art events.

The May Days spring festival is free for all to attend.

Businesses interested in potentially sponsoring the centennial event is encouraged to reach out to the City of Port Coquitlam before March 17 via one of the following methods:

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

- with a file from Diane Strandberg, Tri-City News