The May Day 2016 Celebrations in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Monday, May 09, 2016

This weekend we were out and about again - and this time we stumbled onto a quintessentially British celebration. May Day! Complete with Maypole dancers, a May Queen and her court, and a huge fun fair amongst other things. I couldn't quite capture how huge this event was, we read about it and wanted to explore the funfair originally but when we arrived we both knew we had to do our best to try and capture a little bit of the wonderful community spirit we had stumbled into.

Firstly, lets start with the elegant May Queen and her court.
The May Queen is a girl from the local area, usually chosen to walk or ride at the front of the parade. She wears a crown and a white dress (to symbolise purity and innocence), and although this May Day Majesty is wearing a rather regal looking crown in a lot of other May Day parades she wears a floral crown. It is her duty to begin the day of celebration - usually with a speech before the May Pole dancing.

Maypole dancing may be new to some - so I managed to record a video of what we experienced. The children were fantastic and I'm sorry I couldn't catch the finale of their piece! Huge congratulations to everyone who performed. The dancing is to symbolise spring time and youth - I think its a really lovely way to see in the summer months!
I do apologise for any bad language featuring in the video, unfortunately I had to record from behind the crowd and some people weren't so considerate of people filming at points!
No May Day celebrations are quite complete without a funfair of course. As I mentioned before, this is what we saw on a poster and decided to head out to! Both myself and Mike are fans of funfairs/rides/theme parks, so we do end up at quite a lot during the course of a year.
Looks like we weren't the only ones hoping for a day of sunshine and thrills! The fair was incredibly busy, but it did have a good atmosphere to it. The security were quite vigilant on any anti-social behaviour and while I did have someone try sneak a hand in my backpack, that was the only negative thing we experienced. It was nice to see groups of people of all ages sharing carts and laughing together - again, the community spirit was felt here!

The fair was huge! The poster had enticed us with '100 rides and attractions!' and I'm glad it did. There was a nice selection of attractions and rides from children's hook-a-duck to a crazy mouse rollercoaster. The weather was beautiful too - the pictures don't look as bright as it felt on the day.

The only issue I found was that rides were very close together, so there wasn't much room for walkways between some of them - hopefully this is an oversight they may correct next year as a lot of people had pushchairs/children, and it made it a very confined space for a lot of people to attempt to navigate.

We stayed until the late afternoon before heading home - but I'm really glad we stumbled onto Knutsford and the May Day celebrations. I realise I've had my little gripes, but all in all I had a really good day - it reminded me a lot of living in Yorkshire, and the carnival we had locally which we did try to attend each year.
Its unfortunate we didn't make it in time for the procession through town, but as the event is annual I'm sure we will be there in 2017! The event is held on the first Saturday in May, and after this year I'm excited to see what the committee have planned for the next!

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