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Bloomington Avenue in South Minneapolis was blooming with flowers: flowers on the street, flowers in the yards, and flowers on the costumes and various floats in the May Day Parade.

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The 36th annual parade started at 1pm and went along Bloomington Avenue and into Powderhorn park as usual with a ceremony at 3:30, put on by “In the Heart of the Beast Theatre,” followed by a festival.

The costumes were brilliant, bright, humorous, creative, and festive as usual, with more orange than years before, as this is the Chinese year of the Tiger. Many tigers, consisting of two people or more prowled the street. Fairies dodged huge dragonflies and colorful Mexican “Day of the Dead” painted skull sculptures danced with drum players.

Young kids, dressed as images of nature, walked on stilts. Blades of grass came alive. It was like the Hollywood red carpet where most everyone was watching with camera in hand. Even Avatar and blue friends showed up for this year’s parade.

The May Day Parade and Festival is presented with the assistance of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board with fees, grants, and sales covering about 75% of the cost of MayDay. To donate $10, text the word MAYDAY to the number 20222 or click here.

Don’t miss next year’s parade, Sunday, May 1st 2011, and be sure to get there early as parking fills up for blocks!

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