May Day is May 27, 2023.
Participate in May Day!
Our 153rd May Day is proceeding as planned. Entries for New West kids to participate in May Day are now closed but subscribe to our newsletter to participate next year!
Be the May Queen!
A yearly call for entries!
Be part of May Day in a way that has been a tradition in New Westminster since 1870. Via a random draw, next year, we'll be selecting our 154th May Queen, as well as a Royal Consort, Royal Knights, and a Royal Suite. Up to 16 positions are available! This year you can attend the event and see the 153rd Suite being installed and the 153rd May Queen's coronation!
FREE Dance lessons begin April 11!
Every year, Children in grades 2 through 6 are eligible to participate in Folk or May Pole dances. Lessons are taught at various schools and community centers around the city. If you would like to dance next year, please subscribe to our newsletter or keep checking this website to see when applications will be open.
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May Day is unique and important to our city.
Come celebrate with us!
A FREE and festive community celebration held every May since 1870 in New Westminster. This event has been held around the city through its long standing history, however, Queen's Park has been its home for the majority of the celebrations.
Preserving the tradition.
No celebration of May Day would be complete without the traditional May Pole and Folk Dances. We would love to have you join us as a dancer to perform one of these heritage dances at the May Day celebration.
Creating a cycle of support
No tradition survives without it being practiced and observed. By sharing this experience with New West's youth through participation in May Day, they in turn can become mentors and leaders to the next generation.
What makes New Westminster's May Day magical?
Aside from being the longest running May Day within the Commonwealth of Nations, here are some interesting facts you may not know.
- May Day has been a community celebration that many residents of New Westminster have n ot only watched but taken part in
- Past May Day celebrations have seen 10,000+ attendees
- Special guests and dignitaries have attended New Westminster's May Day, such as Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Volunteer. Join our team.
Reach out if you can help. We're looking for volunteers to help make May Day magical. Help us preserve May Day celebrations in New Westminster.