Archives for April 2005

Minneapolis May Day Parade

The 31st annual MayDay Parade and Festival will be Sunday, May 1, 2005 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Whether you celebrate May 1 as Beltane, Floralia, or any of the other spring fertility festivals dating back to pagan Europe; or celebrate May 1 International Labor Day to commemorate the nationwide strikes on May 1, 1886 which led to the 8 hour standard for full-time work, Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis is the place to be this Sunday. This is the place where 50,000 Minnesotans of all paths gather to celebrate the coming of spring and commemorate this historical day.

The event is a parade and Tree of Life Ceremony where community groups, local non-profit groups, and worker’s rights groups come together. The Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater organizes and leads the annual parade down Bloomington Avenue from 25th street to 34th street and into Powderhorn Park. Four large puppets represent for Sky, Prairie, Woods, and River. The performance ends when the Sun puppet is rowed across Powderhorn Lake followed by the raising of the Tree of Life puppet accompanied by the audience singing “You Are My Sunshine.” Veterans stake out the hillside with blankets in the early hours of the morning to get the best seat for this play. (for Map Click Here)

Sandy Spieler, Artistic Director at the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater, has said the legendary Minneapolis May Day parade in Powderhorn is about “the twining of two different roots: the red root, the blood of the People’s struggles; and the green root, the ancient, ancient root of the change-bringing of the earth to springtime.”

Music and Entertainment abounds. Vendors provide food and crafts along the shores of Powderhorn Lake. Expect a long walk if you are driving. Carpool or Bus (#14) if possible. The time to get there is EARLY. The parade & ceremony are scheduled for 1-4 p.m. with festivities and socializing continuing until dusk.

Here’s some websites with more details:
The Rake Magazine
About.com’s article
An article of the 1999 celebration

Arbor Day: April 29

Druids and others of pagan persuasion like this particular “secular” holiday. Plant thyself a tree. Here’s some resource Links:
http://www.arborday.org/
http://www.arbor-day.net/
http://www.gardengrove.com/treehist.htm

Did you know the Red Pine was Minnesota’s state tree? I would’ve picked the birch, myself. I also didn’t know some states celebrate Arbor Day on a different day. Got those from arbor-day.net.

Guess that’s it for now. Say hi to a tree for me.

Jane

Earth Day Celebrates 35 Years Tomorrow! (or does it?)

All over the web and in papers and on the bulletin board at my day job there are reminders to help you celebrate April 22nd as Earth Day. Here are some example links:

  • Earth Day Network where every day is Earth Day.
  • The Wilderness Society
  • The EPA
  • The April 22nd Earth Day is a truly American thing. Heaven forbid, we should unite with the rest of the world and recognize an Earth-Centered day within the timings of the Earth. Better to try to make it sometime around Easter. Even Canadians are a month late and a whole lot of common sense short. Why? Well, maybe because it was good politics for a senator. Here is that History. Which has April 22nd, 1970 as the first Earth Day.

    The true International Earth Day is March 20th–most sensibly on the Vernal Equinox. Here is the Statement of the true founder of Earth day, John McConnell. In 1975, it was the Vernal Equinox which was proclaimed as Earth Day by then President Ford