by Suzanne Pekow, Minnesota Public Radio
For the 35th year in a row, giant puppets will parade through the streets of south Minneapolis to celebrate the end of winter. In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre created the MayDay festival in 1975, just two weeks after the end of the Vietnam War.
The festival now includes the parade (starting at 1 p.m. at the corner of Bloomington Avenue and 26th St.), a "Tree of Life Ceremony" (at 3 p.m.) and an afternoon-long festival with music and food -- both in Powderhorn Park.
Minnesota Public Radio's Suzanne Pekow visited the puppet workshop to see what parade participants were creating and find out what the event means to the community after 35 years.