May Day Queen

Posted on August 21, 2017

May Day queens were typically senior women elected by their class to serve as the mascot for May Day celebrations which were first held in 1904. The first crowning of the May Day queen was in 1929, when the focus of the festival changed from the performances to the individuals attending the school. From 1929 to 1934, May Day queens were not given a physical crown. Beginning in 1935, the elected May Day queen was given a flower crown that later evolved to a small embellished hat in 1936. A May Day tiara was introduced in 1940, but returned to a flower crown from 1941-1946. The use of a tiara reappeared in 1947 and continued to be part of the May Day tradition until 1954.

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