Minnesota in Photos: Morris Dancers welcome spring

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1 Improptu May queen Rebecca Justiniano of Roseville, Minn., holds flowers as the Morris dancers prepare to begin their celebration of the first day of May at Mississippi Park in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The Morris dancers, which perform traditional English-style folk dance, have been gathering at Mississippi Park for more than 25 years. 
2 Bill Way of Eagan, dressed as "Green Man," sings with other Morris dancers during the celebration of the first day of May at Mississippi Park in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 
3 Morris dancers wave hankies and shakes bells during a sunrise dance to celebrate the first day of May in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 
4 Kethry Burke-Scovill, 17, left, and Bob Walser joke around during the Morris dancers celebration of the first day of May in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 
5 A ring of flowers is wrapped around a tree for the Morris dancers annual celebration of the first day of May in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 
6 Kennan Fields, 4, of Eagan, Minn. and Anna Shewmaker, 17, of St. Paul, Minn. watch the dancing during the celebration of the first day of May in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Shewmaker performs with the Bells of the North, one of several Twin Cities Morris dance groups participating in Tuesday's celebration. 
7 Greta Rudolph of Minneapolis, Minn. dances with other Morris dancers during a celebration of the first day of May in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Rudolph is a member of the Upton on Calhoun dance group. 
8 Wind and percussion instruments were played during the May Day celebration in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 
9 As part of May Day ritual, Bill Way of Eagan jumps over the fire during a celebration in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 
10 The Bells of the North Morris dance group performs during a celebration of the first day of May in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 
11 Morris dancers Jim Leedham of Mazeppa, Minn., right, and Rick Nagler of Prairie Farm, Wisc. share a laugh during a May Day celebration in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 
12 Hassan Saffouri and his wife Chris Kunz of St. Paul, Minn. sing with others during a May Day celebration in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 
13 Morris dancers walk through Mississippi Park after their May Day gathering in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, May 1, 2012.