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New West May Day Community Association holding fundraiser on April 4

May Day dance lessons for students set to begin next week in New Westminster.
The New Westminster May Day Community Association held New Westminster's 153rd May Day at Queen's Park Stadium on May 27, 2023.

The New West May Day Community Association is serving up a burger and beer fundraiser to help support May Day 2024.

The association is holding a fundraiser on Thursday, April 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Begbies Pub on Columbia Street. Tickets for the burger and beer fundraiser are $25.

New Westminster’s 154th May Day festivities will return to Queen’s Park Stadium on Saturday, May 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Students who are interested in getting involved in May Day can sign up to perform folk and maypole dances or enter a draw to win May Day roles.

  • Kids in in grades 4 to 6 can sign up to take lessons, where they’ll learn the May pole dances that will be performed on May Day.
  • Students in grades 2 and 3 can sign up for the free dance classes, where they’ll to learn and practise folk dances that will be performed at May Day.
  • Children in Grade 5 and 6 can enter a draw to win the roles associated with May Day.

“Represent your community, school, and city as a member of the May Day Royal Suite and Royal Knights,” said a notice about the event. “If chosen, you will be participating in May Day in a unique and memorable way. All positions are selected through a random draw held at the beginning of May, 2024. The final position to be drawn is the May Queen.”

Lorraine Brett, president of the New Westminster May Day Community Association, encourages kids to sign up for May Day dance lessons, which begin the week of April 9. Classes are available in select locations across New Westminster, and parents can choose the location and time that works for them.

According to Brett, the May Draw is taking place on May 4. She said it includes roles for up to 16 children who would like to play a special role at May Day.

“The winners of the draw will each have a special costume, give a speech at May Day, play a role in the presentation of May Day from the podium and be featured in photos of the event, and meet and greet dignitaries. They will also learn the famous May Day dances,” she said in an email to the Record. “This is a memory-making experience for young people.”