May Morning Oxford is an ever-changing celebration and there is no fixed programme. What follows is the general pattern of events...
5am: around this time, crowds start assembling on Magdalen Bridge.
6am: as the sun come up the Magdalen College choir sing the Hymnus Eucharisticus from the Great Tower. After a brief service there are more short choral pieces. Then bells ring out for some 20 minutes.
As soon as the choir finishes, there is a procession from the Bridge up the High Street to the city centre. Horns of Plenty - Oxford's community street band - entertains the crowds while Brazilian rhythms come courtesy of Sol
Samba, an exotic percussion and dance troupe.
After the Hymnus too, a Jack-in-the-Green proceeds up the High Street to feature in displays in Radcliffe Square, Broad Street - and at a concluding rendition of 'Bonny Green
Garters' outside St John's College on St Giles around 8.30am. For more on the Oxford 'Jack' see The Morris in Oxford.
Morris dancing begins around 6.20 am in Radcliffe Square, and continues for nearly
three hours at various locations including Broad Street, Catte Street, under the Bridge of Sighs, in front of St John's College on St Giles and on the forecourt of the Ashmolean Museum.
Around 6.20 am also, the tumultuous,
green-themed Hurly Burly by God it's Early Whirly Band starts playing traditional dance tunes from the steps of the Clarendon Building on Broad Street. Expect bagpipes, fiddles, squeezeboxes, drums - and delirious dancing crowds.
Meanwhile, Highland dance can be seen in Radcliffe Square, just outside All Souls, and others contribute in impromptu fashion to the revels.
Things quieten down for a bit around 9am as the massed morris retire for a private breakfast
at St Edmund's Hall. But they start up again around 10am as dancing resumes outside the Ashmolean Museum.
At noon, May Day celebrations continue at North Parade (see below).