New Westminster BC: May Day has been celebrated in the Royal City for 136 years. Each year a Queen of the May has been crowned in a formal ceremony at Queens Park.
There is an active search underway to locate the former May Queens and to recognize them at future May Day events.
As 2010 looms, British Columbians will increasingly contemplate the question, “What defines BC culture?” Besides our First Nations culture, which trumps all others, there are our roots as a British colony. One need look no further than New Westminster, the “Royal City,” the first and former capital of BC, and home of the Commonwealth’s longest continuous celebration of May Day to find those British roots. On Wednesday, May 24,New Westminster celebrates its 136th May Day with the crowning of the May Queen at a noon-time civic ceremony in Queen’s Park, a tradition since1870 (the year 1878 being the only exception).
Click Here to read the May 28 2005 article from the NOW Newspaper detailing the background of the May Day movie collection and the family that put the the films on computer. Nick Springate discusses the process and outcome of the Vintage Film restoration project.