May Day in Seattle takes two distinct forms. While some take to the streets to march in recognition of International Workers’ Day, others take a more ancient route and gather around maypoles to choose their May King and Queen. I went along to Woodland Park to watch as a group of Seattleites welcomed spring with music, games, dancing and an impressively ornate maypole decked with yards of ribbon.
There were three-legged races, toss the egg competitions, tightrope walking and a good old-fashioned tug ‘o war.
Flower garlands and brightly coloured ribbons reigned supreme; even bicycles joined in the festivities.
But the real spectacle was the raising of the maypole and the weaving of the ribbons as the crowds danced to the thump of live drumming.
What did you do this May Day?