Skip to main content

MayDay parade draws thousands of spectators to Minneapolis

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Thousands of people lined the streets in south Minneapolis Sunday as oversized puppets, expansive floats and costumed entertainers made their way down Bloomington Avenue South for the 41st annual MayDay Parade.

The spring celebration is put on by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT), a community arts nonprofit, which picks a different theme every year that helps reflect the theater's community.

This year's theme – "...And Still We Rise" – was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

This embed is invalid

Parade organizers hope the theme, which is more straightforward and specific than past years, will foster real-world change to end racial oppression, CityPages says. Past themes have touched on the environment, immigration and pollinators.

Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, a group that has been very involved in the local Black Lives Matter movement, led off the parade, carrying signs detailing this year's theme.

Following the parade, spectators and participants will gather in Powderhorn Park for the MayDay Tree of Life Ceremony, where a story – keeping with the theme of the parade – is told by children, adult dancers, puppeteers and a live orchestra.

There is also a free festival with music, dancing, poetry and food in the park until dusk.

The MayDay events attract up to 50,000 people ever year, Star Tribune says.

A look at the MayDay celebrations:

This embed is invalid

This embed is invalid

Next Up

US Bank Stadium

Sizing up Vikings coaching candidates we know about so far

A closer look at some of the head coaching candidates interviewed by the Vikings

St. Paul police

St. Paul: Man called police to report he killed his wife

Police are also investigating a separate fatal shooting in the Frogtown neighborhood.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves survive Knicks' second-half barrage to get back to .500

Karl-Anthony Towns' lay-in helped Minnesota get a win in The Garden.

FLickr - crime scene tape do not crozz

Charges: MN teen shot mom after dispute over meth

The girl's mother said there had been a dispute over methamphetamine.

bad roads, blizzard

No travel advised: High winds, whiteout conditions in NW MN

Zero visibility in parts of greater Minnesota Tuesday night.

holy angels high school j nelson

Update: Holy Angels evacuated over bomb threat, school says

Someone left a voicemail early Tuesday suggesting there was an explosive device.

radio station, microphone

Convicted stalker charged with harassment of another DJ at The Current

He pleaded guilty to similar charges involving the DJ's colleague back in 2015.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

10 new shops, food stops at Mall of America

Donuts, K-fashion, model cars — the new tenants cover a lot of bases.

Gophers basketball

Gophers fall below roster minimum, postpone Penn State game

It is "due to internal COVID-19 protocols within the Golden Gopher program."

Raheem Morris

Report: Vikings request interview with Rams' Raheem Morris

Morris was once the youngest head coach in the NFL at 33 years old.

train crossing S Boardman Ave, New York Mills, Minnesota - August 2013 crop GSV

Sheriff: Drunk driver crashed trying to 'beat the train'

The BNSF train slammed into the side of the driver's car.

ambulance

Man run over after parking dispute leads to road rage crash

The two groups fought about parking prior to the crash.

Related

Why this year's MayDay Parade in Minneapolis could be the last

The theatre group that runs it is making cuts, and needs help if it's to continue.

Audio: 'Mayday' calls from Minneapolis firefighters

Five firefighters became trapped on the third floor battling last week's fire at the Walker Community United Methodist Church. Fortunately, all five escaped the flames that destroyed the historic building. The fire remains under investigation.

Photos: The faces of the Minneapolis MayDay Parade 2017

A brilliant day for the most eclectic parade in the Twin Cities.