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Win four VIP seats to see the May Days parade in Port Coquitlam

The 101st Rotary May Day Parade is nearly a week away. Here's how you could earn the best seat on the block.
The 101st May Days parade is on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 11 a.m. on Shaughnessy Street in downtown Port Coquitlam.

There’s only a week left until the streets are lined in downtown Port Coquitlam for the 101st Rotary May Day Parade.

And the city is giving residents a chance to win four VIP seats to view the procession — along with drinks and snacks.

To enter, "Like" the city’s post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that promotes the contest, comment and tag the three people you’ll have seated with you at the parade.

The contest closes at midnight on Thursday, May 9; the winner will be chosen at random.

Meanwhile, also for May Days, residents have a chance to win a $50 gift card to a Port Coquitlam business of their choice.

Find the photo stations at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (2150 Wilson Ave.) and Hyde Creek Recreation Complex (1379 Laurier Ave.), take a picture and post it online with the city’s social media handle.


The 101st annual May Days opens Sunday, May 5 at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre at 3 p.m. with the presentation of the 2024 Royal Party and maypole dancing.

The festival continues on Saturday, May 11 with:

  • pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at The Outlet at Leigh Square
  • kids’ bike race at 10 a.m.
  • Rotary May Day parade at 11 a.m.
  • Party in the Square from noon to 8:30 p.m. at the Terry Fox Hometown Square (south of the Port Coquitlam Community Centre)

Free shuttles run every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to the downtown core, picking passengers up at:

  • Minnekhada Middle School
  • James Park Elementary School
  • Mary Hill Elementary School
  • Castle Park Elementary School

Mayor's May Days message

This year we are celebrating the 101st Anniversary of Port Coquitlam’s May Day Celebrations!

We are extremely fortunate 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!

Join council and community leaders as we kick off the 101st Annual May Days Festival at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, with the opening ceremonies at the Jon Baillie Arena at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre.

Enjoy the official opening, which includes the presentation of the 2024 May Day Royal Party, Maypole dancing and more entertainment.

Join us Saturday, May 11 for a day of family fun starting with the May Days Kids Bike Race at 10:00am on McAllister Avenue, kids will race along the loop track that starts on Shaughnessy Street and McAllister Avenue and around the downtown core.

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 from 12:00pm – 8:30pm at the Terry Fox Hometown Square, Port Coquitlam Community Centre and enjoy the May Days Market along Wilson Avenue between Mary Hill Road and Kingsway. There will be lots of entertainment, food trucks, 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 the Port Coquitlam Centennial Rotary Club and our volunteers for the countless hours they put in. Thank you to the Province of BC for their financial support. Thank you also to our gold sponsor – Wesbild, silver sponsor – Beedie,  bronze sponsors Global BC (Radio/TV sponsor, Quantum Properties, Tri-City News (Media Sponsor), Hastings Mill Brewing Co., Elevator Constructors – IUEC Local 82 and Woodbridge homes and community sponsor – Aspira Astoria for their contributions in making this year’s May Days a successful one.

On behalf of City Council, we look forward to having you join us for our 101st May Days Celebrations and be a part of history!  Further details can be found on the City’s website and social media channels.

See you there!

- Mayor Brad West