Community Spotlight – May Day in Minneapolis

May Day is an ancient spring festival, originating as far back as 500BC, that is mostly celebrated in Europe with dancing, singing, cake, and floral decorations. While it is still celebrated throughout many countries in the Northern Hemisphere, the festival has died out somewhat in the United States. Only a few regions continue to honor the festival and the spring tidings it celebrates.

Here in Minneapolis, the May Day Parade, Ceremony and Festival continues to be celebrated each year on the first Sunday in May, by “In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater” at Powderhorn Park. This celebration has been an example of the vibrant community art scene in the Twin Cities for 44 years, and more than 50,000 people attend, both as spectators and participants.

This year, the festival will take place on Sunday May 6th, and the theme is “What you feed, grows!”

“Festivals and events like this are a prime example of the community involvement that makes a neighborhood feel like home,” says Brady Kroll of Edina Realty.

“Part of what I love so much about our city is the unique identity of each neighborhood.”

The Parade, Ceremony and Festival are all free and encourage participants and spectators of all ages to get involved in this wonderful event.
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May Day poster by Sandy Spieler, image care of


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Brady Kroll


A Minnesota native with 13+ years of real estate experience, specializing in Minneapolis and near suburbs. I am a member of the Chairman’s Circle, Edina Realty’s highest award for sales volume. I have been a Downtown Minneapolis resident since 2004 where I live with my wife and 2 children.

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