It's just about to begin – my favorite public art event: the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater MayDay Parade and Festival. The MayDay Parade and Festival has helped build a "better city, better life" for 36 years now in the Twin Cities. (Here's the link to where I wrote about the event in 2009.)
The theme this year is:
A call to be fully present to the uncertainties of these shifting times
In this Year of the Tiger*, we stop to inhale the immense beauty of the world we share.
We exhale into a thunderous UPROAR! an embrace of multitudes joining together with collective strength for the present and future health of this world.
*according to the Buddhist, or Chinese, lunar calendarSocial genius Sandy Spieler, founder of In The Heart of the Beast, posted some photos by Andrew Kim at her facebook page, giving a glimpse of the artistry and effort that goes into MayDay. The parade travels down Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis, to Powderhorn Park, where there is a ceremony at the edge of the lake.
Here is more about the Tree of Life Ceremony, with its suggestions for a reflective census:
The Tree of Life Ceremony 2010
In this year of the census when we are asked all manners of questions - name, age, race, how many are in your household - our Ceremony asks:
- What if we "counted" all the trees, beetles, fishes, the waters, worms and raccoons?
- What if we asked each other questions toward our wellbeing?
- What if we asked questions of wonderments, of outrage?
- What is immeasurable?
- And what if these questions opened channels of compassion, action, and love, throughout the land?
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