Rallying Round the Maypole in Prospect Park (Photos)

Children in the Long Meadow in the early 20th century. Photo via Prospect Park Archives / J. J. Levinson Collection

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    Happy May Day! In celebration of the traditional day of springtime festivities we take a look at past May Day celebrations in Prospect Park. The events, whether in 1919 or 1971, included a maypole as a central focus — bedecked in streamers, with children joyously dancing round.

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    Photo via Prospect Park Archives/Bob Levine Collection

    Children dressed in the traditional white outfits of May Day circle round maypoles in 1919.

    Girls race towards the festivities in 1931.

    Multiple maypoles get decorated in the Long Meadow in 1931.

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    Photo via Prospect Park Archives/Bob Levine Collection

    Children parading in 1960.

    The simple white dresses had disappeared by 1971, but the crowds still gathered to watch the dancing.

    The 1971 celebration on the Long Meadow, near the Picnic House.

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