Even if there’s still the odd trace of snow on the ground, there’s no more magical way to celebrate the arrival of spring in the Twin Cities than taking part in the annual MayDay Parade led by In the Heart of the Beast Theatre.
Now in its 45th year, the event turns Powderhorn Park and the surrounding neighborhood into a sea of color and sound.
The fun begins with the parade, when floats, musicians and street dancers make their way down Bloomington Avenue.
At the festival in Powderhorn Park, dozens of food vendors await along with live entertainers and tables with information about a multitude of community organizations.
Get your seat for the culmination of the event, the MayDay ceremony, when the Red Sun flotilla paddles the Sun across the lake to wake the sleeping Tree of Life, representing the long-awaited beginning of spring.
Grab a MayDay Tabloid when you get there, which has information about the parade and festival as well as other Heart of the Beast Theatre activities. The event is free. Donations are welcome.
Sunday May 5, noon-dusk.
Parade begins at the corner of 25th Street East and Bloomington Avenue S, and ends at Powderhorn Park. The Tree of Life Ceremony begins at the park at 3 p.m.
Public transportation is recommended—the parade and festival are highly attended.
Heart of the Beast Theatre
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