Every spring, the MayDay Parade explodes onto Bloomington Avenue! We own the
street for the day, dancing and playing instruments with fiery verve. We tell
our story, section by section, each designed musically and visually by MayDay
staff artists as a walking theatrical performance.
Perhaps it is the use of the words "explodes" and "fiery" or their misunderstandings on legal ownership that caused a rough half of the Minneapolis police department to be out their today. Apparently the crowd maintenance is required for all 50,000+ groups of people, whether you are peace-lovers or not. Note: I did notice an unusual level of kindness as a I bumped into, shuffled by or excused as I hunted for that coveted road side parade viewing spot. However, despite presence of law enforcement, a wad of credit card receipts was found stolen from the May Day T-shirt both. Perhaps they were busy warding off explosions on Bloomington Avenue.
I first became aware of the May Day Parade production when I was somewhere in grade school. At the time, I got as far as thinking that "paper mac he looks fun". However it wasn't until this year that I had a chance to observe the actual event. (okay, so I'm a bit of a procrastinator). Apparently my fiance goes every year?!? Each year has a unique theme, but it all works out the same end: "Renewing the Tree of Life" . It's a combinations of theatrics, music and a your general parade stuff. The theatrics involves eccentric costuming, and a few brief sketches. Music entails full bands, drum lines and the sound of anything being hit (tarps, tin, etc.). Your general parade stuff includes kids (smiling, crying and showing their genuine emotions), a few men in dresses (a parade must), abnormal bikes, floats and everything else I forgot to mention.