The Maypole Dance is the highlight event of Beltania. The parade begins at 10am at Ponderosa Lodge and ends at Maypole Circle. Children, costumed people of all ages, and especially the young men and women who have completed their Rites of Passage at Beltania have special roles, along with the May Queen and Green Man. Strong male energies are needed to carry the pole, while the May Queen rides astride it. Two steps forward and one step back create a dynamic of movement in the final moments before the ribbons and wreath are placed and the pole is erected.
The opening in the Earth and the wreath (placed atop the ribbons) represents the Divine Feminine. The pole represents the Divine Masculine. Both are important and necessary, and people of all gender identities help with the preparation. Red and white ribbons are replaced with a riotous array of rainbow colored ribbons representing the diversity of all orientations and lifestyles, the essence which blesses and unites us all. The ribbons are held by the Rainbow Welcome Center, prepared and blessed by those members of our rainbow community who feel called to do so. We connect with the children of the festival in celebration and joyfulness to infuse the special magic of childhood. And it is our honor to carry and present the ribbons in the parade, and as they are attached to the pole and raised up, they form an umbrella of inclusion and rainbow-themed celebration that is the only thing that allows the dance of ALL PEOPLE to proceed.
Everyone is invited to kiss their loved one under the ribbons during the dancing and drumming! Come be a part of the Rainbow Welcome Center and reinvent the true meaning of the Maypole Ribbon Dance!