|Notting Hill Mayfest|
Flores de Mayo/Santacruzan Parade
Saturday 25th May
2pm - 10pm
Alores, from the Spanish flores or “flowers”, also known as Flores de Mayo (flowers of May), Flores de Maria (flowers of Mary) or alay (offering), may refer to the whole Flower Festival celebrated in the month of May in honour of the Virgin Mary. “Sanatcruzan” is a religious-historical beauty pageant held in many cities, towns and even small villages throughout the Philippines during the month of May.
One of the most colourful May-time festivals in the Philippines, it depicts the finding of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Beauties young and old parade through the streets, dressed in floral gowns as a gesture of honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary. This festival was introduced by the Spanish has since become part of Filipino tradition identified with youth, love and romance.
There will be a street procession around Notting Hill Gate from 2.30pm followed by the crowning of the Flores de Mayo Queen, in a colourful party accompanied by dancing and delicious Filipino food.