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Thousands gather for sunny May Day Parade in Minneapolis

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Tens of thousands of people gathered in South Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the long-awaited warmer weather at the 42nd annual May Day Parade.

The parade is known for its giant and entertaining puppets as well as extravagant floats (check out photos below). Or click here to watch Unicorn Riot's live stream of the parade.

According to BuzzFeed, Minneapolis does May Day better than any other city. The Line describes the event as Minneapolis' own Mardi Gras.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) – the community arts nonprofit that organizes the parade – says that the parade's "essence is rooted in the local community and contemporary issues, concerns, and visions for a better world."

This year's theme is “Radical Returnings: From the core of our hearts, we turn to each other.” For example, one artist put together a parade section called "wild seed" which focuses on black reparations and ancestor connections, according to City Pages. She also included a tribute to Prince.

But overall the messaging is light, and the brass bands, dancers, stilt-walkers, bikers and rollerbladers all contribute to a joyful, family friendly experience.

Check out some attendees social media posts of the parade:

And of course Prince:

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