It’s the first day back at work after the weekend and I don’t know about you, but I’m already looking forward to next weekend. It’ll be the first weekend in May which means it’s time again for the May Day Parade and Festival.
This is an event that’s been around for so long – 41 years this year – that it is woven into the fabric of the city’s culture. More than 50,000 spectators and participants turn out each year.
May Day Parade
Of course, the parade is the biggest draw of this month-long festival and it happens on Sunday, May 3rd. Organizers like to call it a “walking theatrical performance,” with each section of the parade organized by a different May Day staff artist. The two-story-tall puppets are a crowd pleaser.
This year the parade kicks off at noon at the corner of 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., where it then turns west towards Powderhorn Park.
Lucky you if you know someone that lives on the route and can “borrow” their rooftop deck or even a spot in their living room from which to view the event, otherwise, get there early to pick out a curb spot.
The Tree of Life ceremony is held immediately following the parade, in Powderhorn Park. Here you’ll find a pageant starring a couple hundred inter-generational participants that dance, work puppets and play in the orchestra.
The culmination is our favorite – when the “Sun” is paddled across the lake. Grab a seat on the northwest side of the lake.
May Day Festival
Stick around after the ceremony because at 3:00 the annual May Day Festival gets underway in Powderhorn Park. You can enjoy music, food, canoe rides and lots more. The festival runs until dusk. For more information on the May Day Parade and Festival visit In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s website.
Image: By Tony Webster (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0