Caravan by Bike from Powderhorn Park to St. Paul March
Chances are high that any south Minneapolis radical can find many of their friends in Powderhorn Park on the first Sunday of every May. The annual Heart of the Beast parade and festival is a much-loved Twin Cities tradition.
This year, May Day presents another special opportunity. Since this May 1 falls on Sunday, the annual International Workers Day demonstration will be held the same afternoon. It will begin after the conclusion of the Heart of the Beast parade, starting at 4pm at the St. Paul Cathedral at Selby Avenue and John Ireland Boulevard in Saint Paul, followed by a march to the Capitol.
We encourage everyone, and in particular anarchists, anti-authoritarians, and radicals of all stripes to join in the May 1 march in St. Paul after the May Day parade in Minneapolis. To get there, take the 21 bus line straight to the Cathedral from Lake Street; carpool; or caravan by bike! A bike caravan to St. Paul will meet by the playground northeast of the Powderhorn Park building at 3pm, rain or shine. Map: http://bit.ly/dVgwPY
You can also participate in the International Workers Day contingent of the Powderhorn Mayday Puppet Parade. It will meet starting at 11:00 am at 25th & Cedar Avenue. Info: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=211522098860807
The theme for the Heart of the Beast parade this year is “Caws for Unite” – and indeed, escalating attacks on immigrants and workers represent a very big “Caws for Alarm” in our cities. This year is the 125th anniversary of International Workers Day, a day of struggle that began during the fight for the 8-hour work day in 1886. With the resurgence of May Day in the United States as a day calling for immigrant and worker rights; this year’s historic protests in Wisconsin and elsewhere; and a steady stream of anti-immigrant, anti-worker legislation in the Minnesota statehouse, there is no better time to demonstrate than now.