|Maypole in Fischbachau, Germany - May 2014. Source.|
"Part of this whole tradition is that one village tries to steal the maypole from the neighbours. If they succeed the safe return of the maypole is up for negotiation with ransoms involving copious quantities of beer and food. Some "Burschenvereine" have specialised in stealing the maypoles that are most closely watched by the strongest security. Maypole stealing is governed by a pretty strict code of conduct: sawing or damaging the maypole in any way is absolutely frowned upon as is a non-payment of the ransom. The most spectacular theft occurred back in 2004 when cunning thieves stole the maypole from the top of the Zugspitze using a helicopter. Once the 20 m long maypole had been safely flown to an Alpine hut negotiations began to determine how much ransom would be paid for its return. Rumour has it that the there were copious quantities of food and the beer flowed freely all night." (From "1st May is maypole day in Bavaria" http://www.bavaria.by/maypole-day-in-bavaria-germany)
Maypole in Treuchtlingen, Germany - Sept 2012
Maypole in Mindelheim, Germany - Sept 2012
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