MayDay Ceremony

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The MayDay Ceremony in Powderhorn Park has become a joyous annual ritual for nearly 50,000 people in the Twin Cities.

Each year, a 200-person pageant re-tells the story of that year's parade, with children and adult dancers, puppeteers, a live orchestra and four giant serene puppets who represent the Prairie, Sky, River, and Woods.

It culminates in the Tree of Life Ceremony: to the steady beating of drums, a resplendent red Sun Flotilla paddles the Sun from across the lake to the shore where the Tree of Life sleeps, waiting to be reawakened.

Parade and Ceremony Audio/ Visual Assistance

For those in need of visual assistance, at 12 noon, there will be a tactile tour of floats and puppets and at approximately 3:30pm, the Tree of Life Ceremony will be audio described by Michelle Storm. Preregistration is required for either or both of these activities. Reservations must be made by 12pm on Saturday, May 5. Please call (612) 721-2535 ext 23, or email, to register.

For those in need of audio assistance, at approximately 3:30pm the Tree of Life Ceremony will be presented in ASL (American Sign Language). If you or someone in your party needs these services, please meet by the seating area on the North end of the Ceremony ring after the Parade.

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photos: David Welch, Liz Welch