May Day brings Morris dancers to Ballard

This Sunday is May Day, a day that “marks the end of the unfarmable winter half of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations,” as Wikipedia states. One of those celebrations will be by a local group of Morris dancers.

Photo from the 2010 May Day celebration.

Morris dancing is a centuries-old English folk dance with “bells strapped to our legs and hankies or sticks carried in our hands,” Dave the foreman of the local troupe Sound and Fury Morris and Sword says.

Photo from the 2010 May Day celebration.

“We like to think that we help prepare the earth for a fertile year, with plenty of rain and warm sun to bring in bountiful crops, particularly hops,” Kimberly with the group tells us. “This year we have chosen Ballard as the center of our May Day tour, and we would love to invite Ballardites to enjoy May Day with us!”

The Sound and Fury Morris and Sword troupe will be performing twice in Ballard on Sunday – from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the Ballard Locks and again from 11:30 to 12:15 p.m. at the Ballard Farmers Market.