Maypole dancers invited for annual celebration

May 09, 2017
Maypole dancers weave their ribbons into a decorative pattern during a prior-year celebration.

Belfast — Belfast will carry on an ancient folk tradition Saturday, May 13, as children and adults dance around a maypole to celebrate spring. Some historians believe the custom originated as a Germanic pagan fertility ritual in which people danced around a living tree, while others suggest it has mythological roots in ancient Egypt.

The ninth annual Belfast Maypole Dance will be held at 45 Edgecomb Road  Saturday, May 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Revelers will dance to the lively fiddle music of Ellen Gawler & Friends as they wind ribbons around the maypole. This event is free and open to people of all ages.

Pre-festivities start at 1:30 p.m. with participants braiding crowns and garlands of fresh flowers, and decorating the maypole with ribbons and sprigs of new greenery. Musicians interested in joining in are encouraged to attend.

Gawler, of Belgrade Lakes, has over 30 years' experience leading and teaching people to weave the streaming ribbons together into different patterns on the maypole. Festive springtime attire is encouraged, including bells or flowers with stems (e.g., dandelions and daffodils).

For more information, call 505-1633.

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