MayDay Parade · Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mayday ParadeThere are two parts to our MayDay event, the parade, and the ceremony, followed by a festival in Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis until dusk.

Every spring, the MayDay Parade explodes onto Bloomington Avenue! We own the street for the day, dancing and playing instruments with fiery verve.

Bird Man at MayDay paradeWe tell our story, section by section, each designed musically and visually by MayDay staff artists as a walking theatrical performance.

The Join-In section follows, where lively groups proclaim their names and causes, and folks who like to dress up strut their stuff! All together, 2000 participants march, boogie or roll down Bloomington every year.

tiger dancerMeanwhile, tens of thousands more line the streets, enjoying the spectacle and each other.

People are everywhere - on rooftops and on lawns, toting babies in backpacks and toddlers in wagons, or sitting knee to knee along on the curbs.

Everybody greets neighbors from near and far with a "Happy MayDay!!" The city feels intimate, overflowing with goodwill and spring fever.

Don't miss the 39th Annual MayDay Parade: Sunday, May 5, 2013

2012 MayDay Parade Theme

The End of the World as We Know It

Scene 1: Consider This

Wounded EarthStaff Artists: Cece Bellamy, Willow Cordes-Eklund,
Bill Osbrisch, Emily May Taylor

We are entangled in a vast network of manufacturing and consumption that provides convenience at the cost of depleting our limited fossil fuels resources.

A long Pipeline and shrouded figures using modern technologies symbolize our dependence on these resources.

Energy Gremlins make sure everyone stays plugged in, as the Wounded Earth suffers.

Cranes dance behind, mourning and absorbing the grief of the Wounded Earth.

Scene 2: Break the Spell

Gustavo Boada, Bart Buch, Munir Kahar, Tina Nemetz

Earth HeartBreak the spell that divides us from each other. As humans, we live very separate, isolated lives.

Whirling Deer Hearts urge us to awaken and open our hearts, while keeping rooted to the earth.

Deer Spirits urge us to love and give unconditionally. Sacred Spirit Shirts honor those who have passed from this earth. Earth's Heart sleeps, worn down by the drudge or our daily life.

The Goddess of Compassion reminds us that genuine compassion is the source of change-- let your heart open to embrace change.

Scene 3: Make Do

Angie Courchaine, Madeline Helling, Soozin Hirschmugl, Lindsay McCaw, Dee Henry Williams

Social DanceA celebration of the work being done to change our communities. Change requires a combination of old and new ideas, and reaching out to neighbors.

Sweepers reclaim the streets, clearing out the old ways so new ones can enter.

Beavers with tools are resourceful and Sloths on Bicycles remind us to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.

Human Libraries honor the wisdom of our elders and the knowledge held in our communities.

The Town Square and Maypoles offer a place for dancing and meeting our neighbors. Clotheslines remind us of ways to cut down on energy use.

The Amen Corner encourages people to speak their minds and share their ideas.

Scene 4: Surround of Light

Kevin Long, Blake Love, Monica Rojas, Mark Safford

dragonWe are surrounded by light, which embraces us all as we journey around the sun through the seasons.

The Four Horses from the four directions – North, South, East and West – gather to await the message from The Forest.

The 38 trees of The Forest commemorate the 150th anniversary of the hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato, MN.

The Sun calls for us to move and grow and seed arks symbolize the new beginnings, while Vegetable Beds and Compost Toilets remind us how we are a part of a larger cycle of life.

Zumba Bees energize and celebrate the changes occurring.

Ouroboros symbolize the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth and Cation Dragons bring auspicious energy to these new beginnings.

MayDay Parade Route

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Noon: MayDay Parade participants assemble by section east of Bloomington Ave. on 25th St., between Bloomington and Cedar Ave. in South Minneapolis. 

1 pm: Parade begins at the corner of 25th Street E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., where the parade turns west towards Powderhorn Park, where the parade ends and the MayDay Ceremony and Festival begins, at approximately 3pm.

Past Parades: