MayDay Parade Join-In Section

The 39th annual MayDay Parade will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Thousands of people will line the one-mile parade route so if you have a cause you want others to know about, this is the place to strut your stuff.

While pre-registration is not required, it is strongly encouraged and you’ll even save some money if you take care of it by April 30. We are looking forward to another great year and welcome your participation!


To enter the MayDay Parade Join in section, contact Brie at

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Green Man at the May Day Parade

A Few Simple Rules

In addition to registration, we have a few simple rules that all groups are required to observe:
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed.
  • You must have a banner that identifies
    your group or organization.
  • No amplified sound or megaphones.
  • No soliciting of any kind.
  • No distribution of flyers, food or other items.
  • Your message and the delivery of that message must be peaceful.
  • You must be respectful and follow the directions of parade officials, police officers and others charged with keeping the parade a safe and fun experience.
  • Line-up is first come, first served and begins at Noon on the day of the parade at Cedar Field (25th Street & Cedar Avenue).
  • Rain date is the Sunday after the scheduled date. Please listen to KFAI or WCCO radio to check if weather looks questionable. The parade has only been postponed once due to weather conditions.
  • All floats or puppets created for your group’s use in the Join-In section must be made at your own expense outside of the MayDay public workshops. (For info about the story-telling part of the parade, visit the Parade Section.
  • Please do not enter the parade once it is going down Bloomington Ave. Groups that do not enter along Bloomington will be asked to wait until the entire parade has passed before joining in.


Mayan Dancers at the May Day Parade by Gayla Ellis 34th Stree Irregulars Band at the May Day Parade 2008 Bird Man at MayDay parade Marching Band and Dancers at the MayDay Parade Art Shanty Band at the May Day Parade meditating marchers at the May Day Parade
photos: Gayla Ellis, David Welch, Nick Lethert