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Winding the Maypole
Winding the Maypole
While potential queens were busy securing votes, student committees were dedicated to ensuring the smooth operation of May Day festivities. This event included much more than merely crowning class royalty, though the Festival Proper, or processional, did mark the beginning of the celebration. Starting from McMillian Hall, the graduating seniors would head up the processional followed by the faculty dressed in their academic robes, a flower girl, the crown bearer, and, finally, the May Day court. The queen would be crowned and sit on a platform with a bird’s eye view of the entertainment. Such acts as dancing, tumbling, readings, and musical numbers would be performed for her viewing pleasure. Entertainment culminated with the winding of the maypole after which students would head for the cafeteria for lunch.

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