MayDay — calling all MayDay people

During the announcement time (near the last 15 minutes of each Workshop), each section indicates their “wishes”. The desire for additional people — this may mean you, is at the top of everybody's list.

The parade may use people who have as little talent as being able to push the floats. For the stronger personages, there are tasks to tote a puppet or puppet-appendage control rod. If you do join in the parade, they may festooned you with a section theme embellishment.

Some of the bands that march in the parade are decked with items such as beaver hats, not hats of beaver pelts but hats that impart beaver characteristics to the musicians.

MayDay 2012 beaver hats

A fantastic part of the MayDay Parade is the Bands that entertain. There is music all along the Parade route, during the Ceremony, and throughout the Park as the Festival continues till dusk.

Another great aspect of MayDay is hanging at the Theatre and assembling costumes, and being part of the crazy creation. If you are not parading you can still help build costumes and masks for others. 

MayDay 2012 beaver tools  MayDay 2012 crazed creation

The really manic MayDay celebrants will not only be in the parade, but will also participate in the Ceremony, which happens after the parade has entered Powderhorn Park. For that you are asked to commit to attending the Saturday rehearsal the day before MayDay, this year May 5. I observed the 2010 table spread with food; they feed the actors well. The rehearsal is usually held at the Ceremony site in the park, but as with last year, 2011, due to rain, the pageant practiced in the park's gymnasium. Your talent is adequate and appreciated, and you may be adopting a whole other identity separate from the parade, and you everyday life.  

For the Ceremony;

MayDay 2012 ceremony needs

38 Trees (adult people to be trees), Bees (adult & children), Flowers (adults), & Four Horses (Strong adults), 

MayDay 2012 four hours storyboard

Mayday 2009 seed ark bearers

above: Seed Ark Bearers (from 2009) .  below: The Seed Arks are presently inside In the Heart of the Beast Theatre for some refurbishing;

MayDay 3012 seed arks refurbishing

There are openings for Captains and crews. An estimated 50 persons would provide power,  relief, and support.

“Big Ones” (Strong Adult Puppeteers); below: MayDay 2010 Ceremony Practice of some of the Big Ones

MayDay 2010 Ceremony Practice Big Ones

MayDay 2012 Big One A

above: One of the 2012's Big Ones; below: Two of the Big Ones used last year

MayDay 2012 Big Ones

Mother Earth is a Big One this year

MayDay 2012 Big Mother Earth

Earth's Heart is being worked on in the foreground

MayDay 2012 Big mother Earth's behind

MayDay 2012 Big Mother Earth's behind - needs your support

Jr Sun Runners (children, youth) from 2008;

MayDay 2008 Sun Runners waiting for cue  MayDay 2008 Sun Runners running to ceremony

and during Practice the day before the Ceremony (2011)

MatDay 2008 Sun Runners at Practice

Come to a free and open workshop to discover your place in a new world of transition. Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7–9 p.m., Saturdays 9–11 a.m., and 1–3 p.m. details at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (

You may help make Dragon Flares;

MayDay 2012 painting Dragon Flares  MayDay 2012 Speak Truth with Dragon Flares


You may assemble a deer head;

MayDay 2012 deer head assemblage

You may help papier-mâché in the clay room;

MayDay 2012 mache in the clay room

You may paint a fish head;

MayDay 2012 fish head painting

With you, it is our story, our transition, our addition to a joy filled world.

MayDay 2012 storyboard additions


other 2012 posts about MayDay;

MayDay 2012, still time to lend a hand

Help make MayDay

MayDay magic in Minneapolis — it's happening again!


MayDay 2011 posts

MayDay 2011 Caws to Unite

MayDay: Moving toward Sunday's celebration of people working and playing together

MayDay 2011 workshops can recycle your hat—and more

MayDay 2011 workshops - Universe of Union

MayDay 2011 workshops and you

MayDay 2011 workshops voice your concern

MayDay 2011 workshops forward -backwards!

MayDay 2011 workshops Pay Up!

MayDay 2011 workshops begin

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