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SLIDESHOW: Morris and Sword Dancers Keep Pullman May Day Tradition Alive

 On Sunday, Pullmanites gathered to watch Morse Dancers celebrate a belated May Day .
Pullman May Day Celebration
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On Sunday, the Morris and Sword Dancers marched to Arcade Park to celebrate May Day — and the start of spring planting season — with a performance of the traditional folk dance style that dates back to Shakespearean England and has long roots in Chicago.

Neighbors gathered to watch dancers adorned with bells, waving red flags and tapping wooden sticks to the tune of a fiddle, squeeze box and banjo.

Morris Dancing has been a tradition (although a fading one) in Chicago for more than 100 years.

Every year, the Morris and Sword Dancers of Pullman do their part to keep it alive.