The "Jack" led the procession along with The Bogies and Black Sal. There were chimney sweeps, Morris dancing troupes, the May Queen, the Giants, Sambalanco and rumpledrumskin drummers as well as some green and fabulously dressed participants! If, as watchers of the procession, you aren't wearing green then the Bogies "green" you - basically you get a splodge of green facepaint on your nose! It's all very random, but perfectly normal in the madness of Hastings Old Town of course!
All Saints Street was totally filled with people as the procession came through to the rythm of drums.
Every May Day, houses, pubs and shops in the Old Town adorn their houses with ribbons and leaves and most people wore leaves and flower garlands in their hair (including me!). Everything was so pretty! I think it should be a rule that the ribbons, leaves and flowers should stay all year round!
After the procession had weaved its way through the narrow Old Town streets it wound up in Hastings Castle grounds where there was dancing, beer tents, sea shanties, and celebrations ending in the "slaying of the Jack" to see in Summer.
Oh... and bikes too! Every year more and more of the carparks, pavements, even the middle of the road, is filled with motorbikes. Bikers travel from around the county, and from afar to spend a (usually) sunny May Day in Hastings. This year the weather was amazing and there seemed to be even more bikers than ever!
... and here is a random guy dressed as a knight posing on the cliffs near the Castle - only in Hastings! :D