May Day 2012

Photos by Myron Shapero   ·   Click the images for a larger view

Santa Barbara Revels presents its fourth annual May Day celebration on Tuesday, May 1st at Center Court in Paseo Nuevo.

After everyone gathers, Songleader Ken Ryals leads traditional songs, accompanied by the May Day Music Makers.

The Pacific Sword Company performs a Long Sword Dance from the village of Kirkby Malzeard in Yorkshire, England.


May flowers were provided for participants to make their own bouquets.


Dancers demonstrate an English country dance, “Fandango”

Participants weave the ribbons ’round the May pole.



At the end of the celebration, dancers and singers lend a hand to unwind the May pole and put it away until next year.


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Susan Keller, Founder/Artistic Director