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42nd MayDay Parade, Ceremony, Festival and Workshop


Apr 7, 2016 to May 1, 2016
07:00 PM until 09:00 PM



In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s annual MayDay Parade, Tree of Life Ceremony, and Festival is a much loved ritual of creativity and participation. For 42 years MayDay has been a vibrant example of art as community building and place making in the Twin Cities area. For many in Minnesota, the MayDay Festival is a time to honor the local community and contemporary issues, concerns, and visions for a better world with hand-built puppets and masks (many over 10 feet tall), music, and performance.


WHEN: 12.00pm – Sunset, Sunday, May 1, 2016

LOCATION: PARADE BEGINS at the corner of 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., where the parade turns west towards Powderhorn Park.

3.00 pm: where the Tree of Life Ceremony and Festival take place following the Parade.
All day: The MayDay Festival in Powderhorn Park follows the MayDay Parade and features music, dancing, poetry, foods, canoe rides, and more!

FREE Event!


Public workshops  began on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 and will run through April 28.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend these parade-building days, and construct their own wonders, free of charge. (Donations gratefully accepted!) The end result of the public workshops is always a testament to the diversity not only of our community, but also the creative spirit.


Workshops at HOBT’s Avalon Theatre (1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis) will be:

  • Every Tuesday from 7-9pm

  • Every Thursday from 7-9pm

  • Every Saturday from 9-11am and 1-3pm


**This year In the Heart of the Beast is partnering with Metro Transit to offer free rides to the May Day parade and festival.


More event information: http://hobt.org/mayday/





View map In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 East Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN

Additional Information


612 721-2535

Contact name

Naomi Champion

Contact email


We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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