Long Beach Heritage Saturday with 4th Annual Spring into May

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lb-heritage-may-dayOn May 1, 1914, 7,000 school children in 350 decorated automobiles paraded through the city of Long Beach in what was heralded as Long Beach’s first annual May Day celebration. Dances around a Maypole, singing and giving May Day baskets filled with flowers and good will became a city tradition which gradually faded through the years. This celebration will be recreated again this year at the 4th Annual Spring into May Day Event, Saturday, April 25 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Drake Park (10th Street & Maine Avenue) and the adjoining Bembridge Heritage Homesite (953 Park Circle) in Long Beach. Last year over 300 people enjoyed this event at the Park and the Bembridge Homesite.

Come join in this fun-filled spring day, and bring your family and friends. Throughout the day docents will lead guests on a tour of the historic Bembridge Homesite and newly restored carriage house. The tour will emphasize the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake. Cost of the tour is a $2 donation for adults; children 13 and younger get in free. A DVD of past living history tours will be set up for viewing in the carriage house.

At the park, there will be a number of free activities, such as a traditional May Pole dance led by the Narodni International Folk Dancers and the Dalmatian American Club Dancers. Crafts, games, face painting, a children’s book give-away, and chances to win prizes. The Long Beach Firefighters Association, Local 372, will serve hot dogs and chips beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The highlight of the day at the park will be a Health Fair sponsored by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services and the St. Mary Medical Center. Emergency and earthquake preparedness information will be available courtesy of the Long Beach Chapter of the Red Cross and the Health Department Emergency Preparedness Division.

May Day 2009 is co-sponsored by Long Beach Heritage and the Bembridge Heritage Homesite; Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine Department; Willmore City Heritage Association; Willmore City Community Police Center; Friends House at Drake Park; St. Mary Medical Center; Long Beach Health and Human Services Department; Long Beach Firefighters Association; Narodni & Dalmation International folk Dancers; House of Hope San Pedro; and Honorable Mayor Bob Foster.

Parking is available on Loma Vista, the street right in back of the Homesite.

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