Well quite, I don't call these ancient festivals wh. are not ancient mostly but shams - culture!
The Padstow 'obby 'oss had a traditional battle with the Minehead 'obby 'orse to which my Minehead family were attached. Padstow is so far from Penzance +A never went there.
'They' revived 'Mazey' Day in Penzance 12 or 15 years ago, wh. is truly awful. Crowds and crowds of stalls and of course drunk folk and shrieking, yelling, smells of vomit and frying fat.
It is a Big Thing and people come from afar to see it and sell things. You can't live a normal life walking through the streets, it is solid walls of crowds. Even I panic - and I'm not given to panicing. Jennyand I and any sensible person hates it. The only people who like it are the idiots who perform - they like showing off - and people who make money from it, wh. is the main idea.
They dint 'revive' May day celebrations in PZ warrever youtube said. Or if they did it was so low key no one noticed. Any excuse, and the shops close here, and is all normal. Normal for Cornwall!
To be fair about culture there are book groups and there is a posh private libe to which +A belonged but as they made no concessions to disabled people for parking +A could not get there so gave up.
Sometimes there are second or third rate classical concerts in Penzance but u can't get to them and back without a car evenings. There are several choirs and light operatic societies for people to join.
+A liked Lafrowda day in St. Just wh. was the 'reviving' of an old festival - still stalls, horrible music, and frying fat, but properly local and so far from the rest of anywhere even not all of Cornwall comes!
I was so sad going last year and year before with +A gone, but I could not avoid it as I live right by it and you have to pass through to get bus or shopping.
Lafrowda 'festival' goes on all week wh. is trying as they have amplified 'music' blaring from the 'plen an gwary' (playing place - hundreds of years old) every evening for a week, (wh. was awful for +A too) and various daft events everyone is supposed to get excited about.
'Mazey day' is the culmination of a week of chaos in Penzance.
The Internet dropped out at 9 am yesterday and didn't reappear until 3 am this morning. TPG explained that it was a "third party" problem at St. Mary's exchange. I watched the final episode of "Doc Martin" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc_Martin on the ABC which is set in Cornwall last night. I might seek out the first episode which I missed as I have no idea why Doc Martin left London for Cornwall. This is being posted using Mickysoft's Live "Writer" for Blogs. I now have Live Headphones ( and a Live Webcam) which insist on Live being installed. I have no idea what I might do with the webcam - but it works with the software I use for Internet Telephone calls although there's no video calling with TPG.