The annual MayDay parade sponsored by In the Heart of the Beast Theater is coming – Sunday, May 3, beginning at Bloomington and 26th Street at 1 p.m., wending its way to a 4 p.m. celebration at Powderhorn Park, and continuing with a festival that lasts until 7 p.m. Here’s a preview of images from workshops preparing for the parade during April, followed by the description of the festival from the website of In the Heart of the Beast.
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HOBT’s MayDay Parade, Ceremony, and Festival has always been rooted in two important traditional celebrations—the celebration of the “GREEN ROOT” of Earth’s green energy rising in Spring, and the “RED ROOT” of human work energy rising from mind, heart and hand.
Our theme this year celebrates the merging of the red and green energies of the world. We cheer on the great merging of the human social justice movements with the environmental movements to remember humans as responsible relatives of the earth.
As we experience the fall of our economic systems built on debt, consumer waste, the theft and sickening of earth resources, we gather to rebuild an economic system that protects and sustains our Earth as a “Common Treasury for All.”
There are many opporotunities to participate: in the parade, in setting up, staffing, and taking down the Powderhorn Park booths, for musicians of all skills, and for people to help in any number of ways, such as standing watch over the boat flotilla.