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Monday, May 5th, 2008

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8:38a
Delia and the Hoop
Delia and the Hoop
Delia and the Hoop
MN-StF picnic at the May Day 2008 celebration, May 4 2008CE

Picture posted by request of pegkerr!

minnehaha K staked out an area that also attracted a small drum jam and several brightly colored large hula hoops. And lots of kids, many of whom tried the hula hoops with greater and lesser success. Delia was pretty good at it.

No one knew what the "RL" on her shirt stood for. (Probably Ralph Lauren, as rvrjoe775 notes in comments.) Back In The Day, we knew what was on our shirt, usually a political statement. In The Day After Back In The Day, our shirts were walking advertisements, and we knew what we were promoting, even if we were just wearing a giveaway and didn't actually agree with the sentiment or use the product. Today, kids will throw on any article of clothing adorned with any text, and not worry about what kind of signpost they're being. Moving gifs on the hoof.
10:56a
Mounted Police
Mounted Police
Mounted Police
May Day Parade, May 4, 2008CE

The May Day Parade has always had good relations with the local police. They direct traffic and keep emotions from flaring. This year, as in the past, the police were on foot, on bicycle and on horseback. It's one of the things that makes the festival successful, year after year.

But no cars got towed, even if they were in the parade route. Most cars were gone by the time the parade started, but there were still a few jerks in the way. Maybe the horses crapped on them.
1:15p
Mourners Hold Vigil
Oh, so you want shots of the parade, eh?

Mourners Hold Vigil, May Day Parade, Mpls, 5/4/08
Mourners Hold Vigil
May Day Parade, May 4, 2008CE

"Mourners from all nations hold vigil over the shroud of the Tree of Life" says the official guide to the May Day Parade and Festival. The Parade has a theme, which is developed (sometimes haphazardly). The mourners are part of the Change of Heart section. In the aftermath of the collapse of the 35W bridge, some people may be moved to change. Only some, alas.
6:58p
Kernels of Wisdom
Kernels of Wisdom
Kernels of Wisdom
May Day Parade, May 4, 2008CE

"Children carry forward future Being "Beans" -- the seeds of all species.
Adults carry forward kernels of wisdom."
note the detail on the monkey and the fox "kernels"

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