Fort Langley May Day Parade celebrations

Despite the soggy conditions on the Victoria Day holiday, hundreds staked out spots along Glover Road in Fort Langley for the 90th annual May Day Parade.

Children clad in rain jackets, gumboots and colourful umbrellas were greeted by dozens of parade floats decorated by a variety of community groups. Excited cheers erupted as Langley firefighters opened the parade, handing out candy to the crowds from their helmets.

Langley MLA Mary Polak dressed in a bright purple Victorian-era dress and matching bonnet for the occasion, while members of the BC Renaissance Festival entertained crowds in period costumes and staged a pirate sword fight.

Members of the Langley Gymnastics Foundation turned the parade upside down, walking down Glover Road on their hands, rather than their feet.

And for the final display, a float decorated in Kwantlen First Nations designs followed by lively traditional dancers wrapped up the event.

Other May Day activities included a pancake breakfast at the Lions Hall prior to the parade, May Pole dancing, rides and vendors in Fort Langley Park, cannon firing,  aboriginal dancing and a fur trade wedding at the Fort Langley National Historic Site and a clothing swap at the Langley Centennial Museum.

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