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May Day tradition endures

For 144 years, New Westminster has celebrated the arrival of spring by gathering school kids to dance around the maypole and crown the city's May Queen as well as introduce her Royal Suite for the coming year. It's the oldest May Day celebration in the Commonwealth.

Since late February, when each elementary school nominated a boy and girl to represent them at the event and possibly be named May Queen, excitement has been building. In the weeks leading up to May Day, the grade three folk dancers and grade four may pole dancers have been rehearsing, planning their wardrobes.

And when the anvil blasts at 8 a.m. that morning to signal the event is on, everyone is primed and ready to play their part in front of a stadium full of classmates, teachers and beaming parents.

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