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    Apr 30, 2015

    28 Reasons Why Minneapolis Does May Day Better Than Anyone Else

    Actually just two words: Giant. Puppets.

    1. Forget everything you learned about May Day in elementary school — because the people of Minneapolis, Minnesota are giving it a massive makeover.

    Alan Turkus CC BY / Via Flickr: aturkus

    2. The annual May Day Parade and Festival draws upwards of 50,000 spectators to ring in spring with cheer.

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    3. Giant puppets take to the streets...

    Lebovox CC BY-NC / Via Flickr: etban

    4. Alongside dancers...

    pwenzel CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: pwenzel

    5. Musicians...

    Alan Turkus CC BY / Via Flickr: aturkus

    6. And people of all stripes.

    schwa021 CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: michaelhschwartz

    7. ...Like all stripes.

    schwa021 CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: michaelhschwartz

    8. The event is organized by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, a community arts non-profit.

    schwa021 CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: michaelhschwartz

    9. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the parade, which Heart of the Beast describes to BuzzFeed as "a rite of spring for artists, environmentalists, and social justice activists across the spectrum."

    jmehre CC BY-NC-SA / Via Flickr: pickles_pics

    10. It's also a family affair...

    schwa021 CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: michaelhschwartz

    11. And a multicultural celebration.

    schwa021 CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: michaelhschwartz

    12. Artists spend months planning and constructing their puppets...

    Alan CC BY-NC-SA / Via Flickr: 34202774@N07

    13. Which range greatly in size...

    jmehre CC BY-NC-SA / Via Flickr: pickles_pics

    14. ...And style.

    jmehre CC BY-NC-SA / Via Flickr: pickles_pics

    15. But all serve to showcase the diversity...

    Cynthia Frost CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: cynthiafrost

    16. And eccentricity...

    jmehre CC BY-NC-SA / Via Flickr: pickles_pics

    17. Of the Minneapolis arts community.

    Brianne CC BY-NC-SA / Via Flickr: biodork

    18. The event has been described as Minnesota's own Mardi Gras, which definitely makes sense.

    schwa021 CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: michaelhschwartz

    19. Where else could you possibly find this friendly dog...

    schwa021 CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: michaelhschwartz

    20. And this (hopefully friendly) woman with giant scissors...

    schwa021 CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: michaelhschwartz

    21. And these dapper dung beetles...

    pwenzel CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: pwenzel

    22. And these green people...

    schwa021 CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: michaelhschwartz

    23. ...All hanging out together in the middle of the street?

    Michael Hicks CC BY / Via Flickr: mulad

    24. Only in Minneapolis on May Day.

    Tony Webster CC BY / Via Flickr: diversey

    25. So, whether you can make it out to the parade this weekend...

    schwa021 CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: michaelhschwartz

    26. Or want to find some other way to celebrate spring...

    Jenny Russ CC BY-NC-SA / Via Flickr: fraserlass

    27. Remember that the sky's the limit for all your festivities.

    Tony Webster CC BY / Via Flickr: diversey

    28. Happy May Day to all!

    Mpls55408 CC BY-NC / Via Flickr: 7388863@N03

    If you're in the area, the May Day Parade starts at noon on Sunday, May 3, at the corner of 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S. in Minneapolis.

    You can find more information here.

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