The ''Furry Dance'', also known as ''Flora Dance'' (or incorrectly as the Floral Dance), takes place in Helston, Cornwall, and is one of the oldest British customs still practised today. Played by Helston Town Band The dance is very well attended every year and people travel from all over the world to see it.
The Furry Dance takes place every year on May 8 (or the Saturday before if May 8 falls on a Sunday or Monday), and is a celebration of the passing of Winter and the arrival of Spring. The day starts with the first dance at 7.00 am and continues with the children's dance at 10.00 am, the midday dance and culminating in the evening dance at 5.00 pm. Of these, the midday dance is perhaps the best known: it was traditionally the dance of the gentry in the town, and today the men wear top hats and tails while the women dance in their finest frocks.
Traditionally, the dancers wear Lily of the Valley, which is Helston's symbolic flower. The gentlemen wear it on the left, with the flowers pointing upwards, and the ladies wear it upside down on the opposite side. (en.wikipedia.org)