The Black Prince Flower Boat Procession Every first Bank Holiday in May
The Black Prince Procession takes place on the first Bank Holiday Monday in May in the villages of Millbrook, Kingsand and Cawsand. Money raised from the event goes to Lions charities.
The newly flower-decorated model boat, the 'Black Prince', is carried shoulder high through the villages by four volunteer Naval Ratings from HMS Raleigh, accompanied by processional morris dancers and musicians, children and other villagers. More recently, the event has also included a revival of the traditional Venton House fete in the middle of the day.
After Maypole dancing by Millbrook schoolchildren, the procession begins at Millbrook Quay with the traditional announcement by the Town Crier.
Those taking part are encouraged to wear traditional clothes - men in white smocks and top hats, with large buttonholes of white flowers, and ladies in long white dresses with red ribbons, sashes, and red flowers in garlands and in their hair.
The event is seen as symbolically marking the death of winter, with the launch of the boat in Cawsand Bay carrying the dead season away.