Ilfracombe’s annual Jack-in-the-Green May Day parade takes place on Sunday (May 5) and everyone is invited.

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Jugglers, dancers, musicians and revellers are urged to bring along a tambourine, drum, maracas or anything they wish to add to the noise and 'May-hem'.

The procession featuring 'Jack' in all his leafy finery will set off from Wilder Road car park at 11am and make its way along Church Street, the High Street, Fore Street, Broad Street, and St James's Place to the Clapping Circle by Capstone.

There will be an opportunity to dance around the Maypole before everyone will be invited to strip Jack and release the 'spirit of summer' - and take away a piece of greenery for luck.

Festivities with music continue in the Sandpiper for the rest of the afternoon.

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

It is hoped Samba Baia will be in the parade, as well as Make the Move's beautiful stilt-walkers plus fairies, woodland creatures and all manner of colourful characters. Watch out for the Lord and Lady of Misrule!

The giant Brigid, seen in spring as the manifestation of growth and renewal, will be joined by her partner, Bres, and a new tree giant, Thorne, commissioned by Ilfracombe and District Tourist Association.

Ilfracombe May Day and Jack-in-the-Green celebrations for 2017. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe May Day and Jack-in-the-Green celebrations for 2017. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin