Thursday, May 1, 2014

Weekend Happenings: May Day and Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo - West Side
Cesar Chavez St.
St. Paul
Sat., May 3, 2014
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Cost: Free


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the rich Mexican heritage of St. Paul’s West Side. Hosted by the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, this Cinco de Mayo celebration goes all day long, from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. The day is packed with events, including a parade, live music on three stages, a low rider car show and a Jalapeno-eating contest.

You also can shop in the Community Village where you’ll find handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, t-shirts and lots more, and bring the kids to the Family Zone, which is filled with safe and fun cultural activities and learning. What’s more, Metro Transit is offering free rides to and from the event.

May Day Parade and Festival
Bloomington Ave. and Powderhorn Park
Sun. May 4, 2014
Noon to 5:00
Cost: Free

MayDay06 purple puppet

For many in Minnesota, the MayDay Parade is a time to celebrate the coming warmth with hand-built puppets and masks (some over 10 feet tall), music, and performance in the street. But the essence of the parade is rooted in the local community and contemporary issues, concerns, and visions for a better world.

By the time the parade unfolds on the first Sunday of May, more than 50,000 people from near and far fill the streets both as participants and spectators for this day of celebration and community.

The parade is filled with elaborate, larger-than-life puppets from In Heart of the Beast Theater, dancers and other performers telling a story around a theme. Then, once at the Park and after the beautiful Tree of Life Ceremony takes place, the festival begins! Enjoy live music, dancing, poetry, canoe rides, food and much more. It truly is a day to celebrate spring.

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