May Day Parade & Maypole Dance

 May Day Parade & Maypole Dance

April 27, 2024

Join Folk School students, staff, and community for our annual English tradition of the May Day Parade and Maypole Dance in celebration of Spring. This annual event takes place Saturday, April 27th. This event is free and open to all, with the procession beginning at 11:45 a.m

Celebrate Spring with us!

Each year, The Brasstown Morris Dancers and Band lead a parade that begins at Festival Barn and ends at the Maypole located next to Davidson Hall. Once there, dancers dressed in white circle around the maypole to participate in several traditional ribbon dances. Puppets, costumes, and revelry are always part of the Folk School’s May Day celebration. It’s an incredible sight each year.

Images from past May Day Parades & Maypole Dances

Videos of past May Day Parades and Dances

Below, find a playlist of videos from past May Day parades and dances.

May Day Parade & Maypole Dance: News & Stories


A Look Back at Folk School May Day Celebrations

Wishing you a happy May Day! We’re looking forward to dancing around the May Pole together again, but until then, we put together this post filled with photos of years past, a video from 2011, and an excerpt by Nanette Davidson about May Day from The Folk School Cookbook. Enjoy!

Locate & Contact

Please contact Charmaine Slaven for more information around May Day celebrations.

The John C. Campbell Folk School

Music & Dance Studio Coordinator

Charmaine Slaven

1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724)

Mailing Address
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

Email Us

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.