MayDay 2012, still time to lend a hand

It is getting near show time for the 2012 MayDay Parade and Ceremony. The activity level at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is charged with vibrancy. The deadline of the May 6th  MayDay has every parade section buzzing in many directions. Continue Reading

Help make MayDay

MayDay for 37 years has always been the first Sunday in May. For 2012, the 38th MayDay, the date is May 6. MayDay is the collective product of a very large and diverse community. It is many people assisting in a common celebration of spring and each other. Continue Reading

MayDay this weekend!

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. Flickr slideshows do not display properly on some browsers. If you have difficulty viewing this slideshow on the Daily Planet, please go to Getting ready for MayDay 2009. 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. Continue Reading

May Day ahead!

Can’t wait for May Day to roll around? Here’s a preview — TWO slide shows of the work in progress, paint, people, and puppets under construction. All of the photos come to you courtesy of Alan Wilfahrt. Enjoy! Now that the frigid temperatures have finally given way to something a little more spring-like, it’s time to start getting ready for this year’s May Day celebration. Continue Reading