The traditional white dresses worn by members of the Royal Suite, including 2014 May Queen Cassidy Tecklenborg, are being replaced with floral dresses for this year's celebrations. In response to a backlash about the decision to change the longtime tradition, the district has said girls in the Royal Suite may still wear white dresses and capes if they choose.
The dancers always bring fresh flowers and greenery to mark out their dance area, and they usually dance for about an hour. At the end, they invite audience members to take part in their dancing. Although not specifically Pagan, there can be no doubt that there is something deeply meaningful in what these Morris dancers do. They are continuing decades of tradition, not for the benefit of large crowds but for themselves as Morris dancers, and the dedicated onlookers who know their secret.
SIGNS OF SPRING:A family celebrating the spring equinox raises their hands toward the sun as they celebrate the spring equinox atop the Pyramid of the Sun at the Teotihuacan archeological site in Mexico, Tuesday, March 21. Although the official vernal equinox occurred on Monday, thousands of visitors were expected to climb the ancient pyramid on Tuesday to greet the sun and celebrate the beginning of spring. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS/REBECCA BLACKWELL
Children in traditional Kurdish clothing, pose for the photographer during the Newroz celebration, in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. In Turkey, the spring festival traditionally serves as an occasion to demand more rights for the Kurdish minority. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis.
Ariana Gonzalez, 4, was with family members at the announcement. More than 100 gathered at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to bring attention to the planned May Day march and rally. The May Day Coalition of Los Angeles, a broad network of organizations from throughout the region, announced their plans to hold the event on May 1. The march takes place annually on International Worker's Day. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)